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Newcastle Wants One Striker, One Defender before Thursday

If anything, Sunday's 2-0 loss to Aston Villa in Birmingham exposed Newcastle's wastefulness in front of goal and fragility in defense. Noting this, manager Glenn Roeder says he still wants to add a striker and a central defender before the transfer window closes at midnight on Friday morning. At the back, Roeder has had his eye on Real Madrid's Thomas Gravesen and Cheslea fullback Wayne Bridge, now it looks as though Gravesen is moving on to Celtic and Bridge will likely remain at Stamford Bridge. If Ashley Cole finally makes his way to Chelsea from Arsenal today or tomorrow, then Roeder will make another offer for Bridge, but for now the Newcastle manager is turning his attention to Real Madrid's Jonathan Woodgate, himself a former Newcastle player. Middlesbrough is the other club hunting for Woodgate's signature, although the 4-0 home defeat to Portsmouth yesterday was a less than encouraging advertisement for the club. Roeder also wants to add another striker. Currently, the club has Shola Ameobi, Obafemi Martins, the injured Michael Owen and Albert Luque on its roster, although the latter has been in such terrible form that Roeder may feel the need to replace the former Deportivo Coruna striker immediately. Owen, of course, could miss the entire campaign with long-term knee injury sustained during the World Cup.

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