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You BET: Tyne is running out for Bellamy.

Byline: with ADAM OLDFIELD

CRAIG BELLAMY is not the brightest bulb in the box, but his public outburst this week has ensured his Newcastle future looks even dimmer.

The St James' nark registered his displeasure at not being played in his favoured strike role, yet ironically was more up front than he should have been.

By purportedly admitting to team-mates that he would feign a hamstring injury ahead of the Arsenal clash, he incurred the wrath of fiery Scot Graeme Souness.

His planned petulance saw him axed from the team sheet at Highbury, further infuriating the Welshman to the extent that he gave a warts and all television interview the next day.

The strikercum-winger made no secret of his dislike for the Souness regime, but vowed to remain loyal to the Tynesiders by refusing to hand in a transfer request.

Most clubs would sooner gamble on hiring Rodney Marsh or Ron Atkinson as their match day announcer than employing Newcastle's surly misfit.

The only conceivable lifeline for Bellamy will be thrown by compatriot Mark Hughes, who seems to have a penchant for ill-tempered players from the principality.

After paying pounds 3 million for Birmingham's want-away midfielder Robbie Savage, the Blackburn boss is 4-1 (totesport) to make a similarly successful approach for Bellamy.

Tottenham, who already have more striking personnel than UNISON, are 6-1 to secure his signature, while Middlesbrough and Chelsea are both 7-1.

A move abroad is unlikely, presumably because he refuses to drive on the right.

Others (totesport): 10-1 Liverpool, Man Utd; 11-1 Portsmouth, Southampton; 16-1 Arsenal.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 28, 2005
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