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Toon in new Carr chase.

Byline: By Alan Oliver

Newcastle United are ready to rekindle their interest in Tottenham right-back Stephen Carr when the transfer window re-opens in January.

United were interested in the cultured 27-year-old Republic of Ireland defender in the summer.

But they dropped their interest when the then Spurs boss Glenn Hoddle started to talk about United striker Shola Ameobi going in the opposite direction to White Hart Lane.

Carr's contract is up at the end of the season and he is free to talk to other clubs in January.

And this is just one of the problems facing Hoddle's successor when he is finally installed at White Hart Lane.

For Spurs know that if they don't sell Carr in January, the player who was captain for the game at Manchester City last Sunday can leave next summer for nothing.

Newcastle, of course, cashed in on Leeds United's financial plight last January by bringing Jonathan Woodgate to St James' Park.

Since then the only arrival on Tyneside has been Woodgate's former Elland Road colleague Lee Bowyer - and he cost nothing.

The United scouting team have not been idle and chief scout Charlie Woods flew to Wales last Saturday to run the rule over Cardiff City central defender Danny Gabbidon.

And the Chronicle can reveal that United have again talked with Barcelona this week about their want-away Dutch international striker Patrick Kluivert.

Meanwhile, reports that United target Michael Bridges has snubbed his home town club and signed a new contract at Elland Road are not correct.

My information is that the Geordie striker, who was on the Leeds bench for today's game with Blackburn Rovers, has not even seen a new contract.

NALAN SHEARER will have a personal bodyguard when he travels to Turkey for England's Euro 2000 qualifier in Istanbul next weekend.

Shearer, who will be working for Sky Sports, will leave England on Friday afternoon and return on the Sunday morning.
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