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Skysports.com can reveal that Newcastle are planning a move for Portsmouth midfielder Amdy Faye.
Faye's future has been up in the air since Portsmouth revealed last month they would be prepared to sell the tough-tackling Senegalese star.
Birmingham, Bolton, Middlesbrough and Aston Villa have expressed an interest in Faye and now Newcastle have joined the race for his signature.
As revealed by skysports.com, Newcastle United are closing in on the £2 million signing of Amdy Faye but Portsmouth are reluctant to allow Yakubu Aiyegbeni to follow him to St James' Park.
Midfielder Faye is on his way to Tyneside to help plug the gap left by Nicky Butt's injury setback after previously attracting the attention of other Premiership sides such as Birmingham City and Aston Villa.
Graeme Souness also views Yakubu as an ideal capture to beef up his attacking options but Pompey, who have already lost Nigel Quashie to local rivals Southampton, do not want to release another of their key figures this month.