posted on Jun, 28 2004 @ 03:19 PM
Newcastle United are stepping up their attempts to seal the double capture of James Beattie and James Milner.
Magpies boss Sir Bobby Robson is desperate to add new faces to his squad following the club's failure to secure UEFA Champions League football last
The veteran coach is chasing a right back with Hatem Trabelsi, Miguel and Danny Mills all having been linked with moves to St James's Park.
However, Robson has also made fresh attacking talent a priority and wants to continue his policy of bringing young British talent to Tyneside.
Leeds have made it clear they regard England Under-21 star Milner as part of their future, and have already rebuffed advances from Tottenham for the
The Yorkshire's club's crippling financial situation means, though, that they will not be able to turn down a substantial bid, and Newcastle are ready
to test their resolve with a 3 million offer.
Southampton will be far more reticent about selling Beattie, but Robson sees the former Blackburn striker as the man to take over Alan Shearers's
mantle when he retires at the end of next season.