Baggio Posted November 19, 2006 Share Posted November 19, 2006 Newcastle are considering challenging Sunderland and several other English rivals for Celtic star Shaun Maloney. The Scotland international is in a contract stand-off at Parkhead and will be free to talk to other clubs in the New Year. And with little prospect of Celtic agreeing to Maloney's estimated £20,000-a-week wage demands, the pressure will be on them to sell him in January. Maloney's ability to play up front, in the hole or out wide is highly rated by teams South of the border. "Shaun knows Newcastle are interested, as is Roy Keane at Sunderland," a source close to 23-year-old Maloney told the Sunday Sun. "There's been talk of Aston Villa coming in - probably due to Martin O'Neill knowing Shaun from his days at Celtic - but we've heard nothing about that." Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid are the latest club to consider taking Newcastle's Albert Luque back to Spain in January. Injuries to Maxi and Martin Petrov have left Atletico short of attacking options and pondering signing Luque, if only on loan. Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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