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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 June, 2005, 09:35 GMT 10:35 UK
Souness reveals interest in Figo
By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer

Luis Figo in action for Real Madrid
Newcastle may gamble on Figo bid
Graeme Souness has admitted that Newcastle are considering bringing Real Madrid's Luis Figo to Tyneside.

Newcastle boss Souness told BBC Sport: "There is an interest there as far as Luis Figo is concerned but we don't want to say any more at the moment."

The 32-year-old former Portugal captain is keen to end his career in England after being told he can leave Real.

And BBC Sport understands that Fulham's Luis Boa Morte is also under consideration by Newcastle.

Newcastle may yet face competition for Figo from Turkish side Galatasaray, with sporting director Bulent Tulun saying: "We're following the situations of many players and Luis Figo's is one of them."

Souness remains confident of landing Inter Milan midfield man Emre Belozoglu in a 4m deal after sealing a 6.5m move for Scott Parker.

If Figo comes to Newcastle, it is likely to be on a one-year deal as he seeks to finish his career with a flourish.

Figo is being touted around the Premiership after making it clear he would like to play in England.

The major stumbling block is likely to be Figo's reported 90,000-a-week wages, with Newcastle wary after Patrick Kluivert's expensive failure.

Souness is unlikely to be interested in offering Figo terms anywhere near as lavish as those he enjoys at The Bernabeu.

Liverpool and Bolton have also been linked with Figo but Anfield boss Rafael Benitez was cool on the move, while Sam Allardyce admitted he would not be able to finance the deal.

Qatari club Al Rayyan have also shown an interest but Figo is keen to give the Premiership a shot near the end of his glittering career.

Figo, capped 107 times by his country, said: "I have always said that the Premier League is a competition that I would like to play in some day and that has not changed.

"The Premier League has improved a lot in the last few years and many of the best players in the world have signed with clubs in England.

"It is very different from the Spanish league but I am sure that I will be able to adapt if some day I end up playing there."




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