posted on May, 20 2003 @ 11:46 AM
Lee Bowyer's advisors have confirmed the midfielder "is in talks" with potential new employers amid speculation a move to Newcastle is close.
A spokesman for the 'Skillequal' company which handles the 26-year-old's affairs admitted talks are underway but would not comment further.
"At the moment, Lee is in talks with a couple of clubs,'' he said.
However, reports in the North-East claim Newcastle have agreed a five-year deal worth £40,000 per week with the former Leeds player, who was last week
released by relegated West Ham following a six-month spell at Upton Park.
Bowyer is currently on holiday and no-one at St James' Park would comment on the matter.
Newcastle were linked with Bowyer in January, but the 26-year-old instead opted for a return to his east London roots and joined the Hammers on a
United manager Sir Bobby Robson is a known admirer of the once-capped midfielder, with any move to St James' Park seeing the player reunited with
former Leeds team-mate Jonathan Woodgate, who joined the Magpies in a £9m deal in January.
Bowyer would, however, be ineligible for the opening six games of Newcastle's Champions League campaign after he was handed a ban by Uefa for stamping
on Malaga player Gerardo while he was at Leeds.