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Last Updated: Tuesday, 20 February 2007, 16:04 GMT
Roeder stepping up chase for Bale
Southampton defender Gareth Bale
Bale is likely to leave Southanmpton in the summer
Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder will step up his interest in Southampton defender Gareth Bale by watching the in-demand 17-year-old in action at Coventry.

He will join chief scout David Mills at the Ricoh Arena on Tuesday.

Roeder said: "I don't normally talk about specific targets, but if I am spotted at Coventry, it will be obvious who I am watching."

And he added: "As far as our scouting is concerned, we are now in overdrive for next season."

Spurs and Manchester United lead the race for the 7m-rated Wales international Bale, who is likely to leave Southampton at the end of the season.

Bale is understood to prefer a move to Old Trafford.

Roeder said: "We only have the rest of February, March, April and a bit of May to make sure the players we targeted in January, but were unable to get, are still playing well.

"We will be checking on these players and other targets, so that if for any reason we do not get the players who are our first choice, we are in a position to act straight away."

Roeder is also keeping tabs on Derby midfielder Giles Barnes and West Brom defender Curtis Davies - watching the latter in action at the weekend.

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