Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

United Line Up Striker Swoop

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

United Line Up Striker Swoop

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Byline: By Luke Edwards

Newcastle United are being linked with a double striker swoop as Sir Bobby Robson works to bolster his attacking armoury for next season.

According to sources on the Continent, the Magpies have made enquiries about Marseille's Egyptian striker Ahmed Hossam Mido and Lyon's French international forward Sidney Govou.

Mido is keen to leave Marseille after struggling to get into the starting line-up because of the form of Didier Drogba, United's nemesis in their Uefa Cup semi-final last month. The 21-year-old, who was previously at Ajax, has told reporters in Cairo that he is due to meet Sir Bobby Robson to discuss a move to the Premiership in the next fortnight.

He said: "I am interested in a move to the Premiership and Newcastle have shown an interest in me. I am due to meet with Sir Bobby Robson to discuss things soon."

Mido has recently turned down a move to Turkish outfit Besiktas and has also been linked with several Italian and Spanish sides, although his agent has suggested that England is his preferred destination. The forward scored four goals in eight games on loan at Celta Vigo last season, but has not played a league game for either Ajax or Marseille.

Robson has also been credited with an interest in Govou, who has just won the French title with Lyon.

The 24-year-old, who will be in the French squad which will take on England in their opening match in Euro 2004, has been watched by clubs from across Europe, but it is United who have reportedly started the race for his signature with a rumoured pounds 5m bid.

But, according to sources close to the pacy striker, he would rather remain at the Stade Gerland for the time being.

The need for another striker is understood to be high on Robson's list of priorities this summer, with Alan Shearer entering his final season as a player and Craig Bellamy notoriously injury-prone. …

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