Newcastle United plot £12m double transfer swoop

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The Independent reports that Kevin Keegan is ready to nab two young players in his bid to revitalise the Toon Army.
Newcastle boss Keegan is preparing to leap into action and bag unpronounceable Rosenborg midfielder Per Ciljan Skjelbred, as well as West Ham’s Anton Ferdinand.

Newcastle United have been watching the promising Rosenborg midfielder Per Ciljan Skjelbred, but have not made a bid for the 21-year-old, according to the Norwegian club. Skjelbred, who turned down a contract offer from Liverpool as a teenager, is in favour of a move to St James’ Park as long as the clubs can agree a fee.

Kevin Keegan, the Newcastle manager, and Dennis Wise, the executive director, have also been made aware that Anton Ferdinand could be allowed to leave West Ham United this summer. The Magpies are believed to be willing to pay around £7m for Ferdinand, although West Ham want nearer £10m for the centre-back. (Guardian Online)

A step in the right direction for Keegan, or two big transfer mistakes?

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