Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Magpies Must Act Quick or Lose out; Harewood Weighing Up Other Options: Magpies Must Act Quick or Lose Out

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Magpies Must Act Quick or Lose out; Harewood Weighing Up Other Options: Magpies Must Act Quick or Lose Out

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Byline: Luke Edwards

NEWCASTLE United have been warned they will have to move quickly if they are going to turn to Marlon Harewood to fill the gap in their forward line as the striker is concerned by the lack of progress being made.

United manager Chris Hughton contacted Harewood's agent on Saturday evening when he first discovered his main target Jermaine Beckford had decided to stay at Leeds United until the end of the season.

The Journal understands that Hughton assured Harewood's advisors that he was their preferred target following the collapse of the Beckford deal, and that they would be in touch this week once they had begun negotiations with Aston Villa. But that was the last Harewood's camp heard from the Magpies hierarchy and with Queens Park Rangers making their interest in the 30-year-old known yesterday, Newcastle are in danger of seeing him move elsewhere unless they make a firm decision in the next 48 hours. A source close to Harewood (pictured left) said: "QPR have made a firm enquiry and they have asked whether Marlon would be up for a move to Loftus Road.

"It is an interesting proposition, but Marlon has made it clear he would rather come back to Newcastle because he enjoyed his time up there so much. "But he can't wait forever, there isn't much time left in the transfer window and there are other options on the table. "Newcastle need to get on with it if they want him because a decision will be made by the start of next week at Marlon's end. "He doesn't want to be left at Aston Villa because he doesn't feel comfortable there anymore." Villa had made it clear they would prefer to sell the player this month rather than let him leave on a temporary basis and lose him for nothing at the end of the season when his curent contract runs out.

That stance has not persuaded anyone to offer them the money they were looking for and with Harewood unhappy at being forced to return to Aston Villa's reserve team, they realise he is a potentially disruptive influence if he remains at Villa Park for the next six months. …

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