Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Deano- A Toon Target?

Kevin Keegan has earmarked West Ham United striker Dean Ashton as a potential transfer target, according to the latest transfer rumour in the Telegraph. Vicki Hodges insists the Newcastle manager is yet to make an official bid for the 24-year-old but is set to test the waters with an opening offer of £7 million. West Ham are likely to reject such an approach for Ashton who remains one of their most valuable assets (so why offer less than the club paid for him then?!) despite being beset by injury problems over the past two seasons.

Ashton has been frustrated at his limited time spent on the pitch when he has been fit and has led to Alan Curbishley denying rumours of a fall out between the two earlier this month. Curbishley has erred on the side of caution with Ashton and allowed the former Norwich striker time to recover from a knee injury which saw him sidelined for six weeks of the season. He also missed the 1-1 Premier League draw at Manchester City on Sunday, with a back injury according to the club. Ashton, though, is eager to get his career back on track with a view to establishing himself in Fabio Capello's plans for England.

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