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News of the World claims Toon boss Kevin Keegan, having recently acquired Fabricio Coloccini from Deportivo La Coruna, has singled out Saviola as his next prime target.

Formerly billed as the greatest talent of his generation, the 26-year-old has slid into the wilderness over the past few seasons. His once-glittering Barcelona career had dwindled into mediocrity when he moved to the Bernabeu on a free transfer last summer.

The ex-River Plate star has fared no better since switching allegiances, however. He made just 17 La Liga appearances last term and failed to really challenge the likes of Raul and Ruud van Nistelrooy for a starting place.

Another change of scene could thus be on the cards for Saviola, and the Magpies are reportedly eager to land him on a season-long loan.

The Tyneside club are in need of attacking reinforcements given the fitness concerns of Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins and Mark Viduka.

Keegan has been chasing flair players all summer with little success, missing out on the likes of Pablo Aimar and Luka Modric. Hence, he is doubly determined to land a player of Saviola's calibre before the end of August.

Newcastle are hoping to tie up a deal during the week.

Toon to snare Saviola
 

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Madrid Eager To Squeeze The Rabbit Out

Saviola, nicknamed the Rabbit, made little impact during his time at Barcelona and he has made even less of a contribution with the Catalans’ arch rivals, Real Madrid, since joining them last season.

The capital giants are believed to be rather desperate to off load the pint-sized striker for two reasons. One of the main concerns is that the 26 year old signed a four year contract with Los Merengues when he swapped the Camp Nou for the Bernabéu on a free transfer.

That contract is believed to be worth €3 million per season and with still three years left, the Madrid board are understandably less than reluctant to keep on paying the wages of someone who only spent 400 minutes on the football pitch last season.

Coach Bernd Schuster has already made it known that the former River Plate man does not fit into his plans for the new season, despite the German’s desperation to have a back-up striker in the squad for Raúl and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

And the arrival of that new striker could now depend on whether or not the club can ship out Saviola, who took over the Number 9 jersey vacated by Roberto Soldado, as he currently occupies one of the 25 places allocated to each team in the league. That, ofcourse, is the second reason why Los Blancos are so eager to release him.

Premiership side Newcastle United are rumoured to be interested in the 1.68m tall forward, but the player himself revealed to Madrid’s official website that he has not yet heard anything official from Newcastle or from any other club.

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