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Last Updated: Tuesday, 15 July, 2003, 14:36 GMT 15:36 UK
Newcastle quintet snubbed
Nikos Dabizas
Dabizas has lost his Magpies place to Jonathan Woodgate
Newcastle have admitted there has been no interest in the five players the club put on the transfer list at the end of last season.

Last month Newcastle told Greek international defender Nikos Dabizas, Clarence Acuna, Robbie Elliott, Jamie McClen and Wayne Quinn that they were free to leave at St James' Park.

"We have not had even a sniff of a bid all summer for any of our players, and really this is a reflection on the state of the transfer market," said chairman Freddy Shepherd.

"And, to be fair, it is not just happening at Newcastle United but also at other clubs."

Dabizas, who cost 2m from Olympiakos in 1998, has made 165 appearances for the club, scoring 14 goals.

But the arrival of 9m-signing Jonathan Woodgate robbed him of a first-team place during the second half of the season.

After being listed, Dabizas broke his arm in a car crash.

Chile international Acuna, signed for 1m from Universidad de Chile in 2002, has made 60 appearances, scoring seven times.

Newcastle-born defender Elliott started his career at St James' as a trainee and was sold to Bolton in 1997 before returning to Newcastle four years later.

Midfielder McClen, another product of the Magpies' academy, spent the 2000-01 season on loan at Motherwell and played only once for the first team this season.

And defender Quinn, who cost 800,000 from Sheffield United in 2001, has been back at Bramall Lane on loan this term.


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