Newcastle eye up Celtic skipper

Updated: November 23, 2011

Newcastle United are preparing to swoop for Celtic skipper Scott Brown according to reports.

The Magpies have started the season in fantastic fashion and as a result their ambitions have changed considerably. At the beginning of the campaign, the Toon army were looking to avoid relegation and finish in the top ten. Since then though their end of season targets will have shifted towards aiming for a European spot.

In order to achieve such targets, boss Alan Pardew has admitted he needs a much bigger squad. One position where the Magpies look considerably fragile is the central region and given the recent injury to Cheick Tiote, Pardew has been left with little or no options in midfield. According to Newspaper reports this morning in Britain, they are weighing up a move for Scottish international Scott Brown.

Brown is the type of player that Newcastle might be looking for following the departure of Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton. A natural leader and his determination have seen him become Pardew’s top transfer target.

It is believed the 26 year old is also attracting interest in the continent including German club Hamburg. Newcastle’s recent transfers have left the kitty available to Pardew considerable and therefore they could be able to outbid any competitors. It is believed a £4.4 million bid is on the cards.

Speaking about the rumours, Brown had this to say.
“I’ve heard all the stuff about Newcastle but I haven’t paid the slightest bit of attention to it.

“I’m captain of Celtic, why would I even think about going anywhere else?

“A few weeks ago I had the privilege of lifting my first piece of silverware since being given the armband 18 months ago.

“I have a hunger to win more trophies as Celtic captain so that I can look back at my time with the club and consider myself to have been a success.

“The club know how I feel and as long as the manager wants me here, then I don’t see a problem in working out a deal.”

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