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Last Updated: Wednesday, 26 January, 2005, 11:21 GMT
Newcastle awaiting Bellamy offers
Newcastle striker Craig Bellamy
Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd has revealed Craig Bellamy can leave if the club receive the right offer, with Blackburn a possible destination.

Blackburn have admitted they are in the market for bringing in a striker on loan and manager Mark Hughes knows Bellamy from his time as Wales coach.

Liverpool have denied any interest in the 25-year-old but Aston Villa and Manchester City have been linked.

However, only Stoke City are understood have made a firm enquiry for Bellamy.

"There's been one enquiry with a view to a loan deal, but there has not been one major club interested in signing him," Shepherd told the Newcastle Journal.

He added: "If something does happen in that respect then we'll consider the offer."

Any potential move would have to be hurried through as the January transfer window is drawing to a close.

Blackburn chief executive John Williams said: "If there is an opportunity to bring in a striker on loan before the transfer window shuts then that is something Mark would be interested in doing.

"I think we have signed more players than anyone else in the Premier League during the window and our squad is almost too big now."

United manager Graeme Souness dropped Bellamy for Sunday's game against Arsenal, claiming he had feigned injury after being asked to play out of position.

Bellamy then accused Souness of lying about the incident and refused to apologise leading to a public fall-out.

However, the Wales international insists he will not ask to leave the club.

Wales coach John Toshack declined to comment on Bellamy's situation, saying: "It is not something I want to comment on, I have named Craig and that is it."

Shepherd continued: "Nobody is kicking my door down and the fax machine is quiet.

"He's damaged his reputation - hopefully, not beyond repair - but it's all gone very quiet and there have been no serious enquiries and no firm offers."

Interviews: Mark Hughes and Steve Bruce

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