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Duff just the start of Newcastle's spending spree

Newcastle will today show off new signing Damien Duff and intend to announce more transfer market coups before the start of the season.

Manager Glenn Roeder has 'a list of players' he would like to bring to St James' Park and could reveal details of his progress at the stadium this afternoon.

Duff has joined Newcastle after winning two Premiership titles with Chelsea in back-to-back seasons, and has signed a five-year contract.

The Republic of Ireland winger is one of the players Newcastle intend to build their future around, but they are looking to strengthen in other departments too, and a striker is a priority after Alan Shearer's retirement and Michael Owen's serious knee injury.

Shola Ameobi's two goals against Lillestrom in the InterToto Cup match on Saturday showed that he is capable of contributing, while Duff also has a decent scoring record.

Roeder has not ruled out making a move for Miroslav Klose - but fears the World Cup Golden Shoe winner may not be tempted by the Magpies.

Apart from Klose, West Ham's Dean Ashton and Holland international Dirk Kuyt have also been linked with Newcastle.

Roeder is a fan of Werder Bremen star Klose, who scored five goals as Germany claimed third place in the World Cup.

'Miroslav Klose is a top-drawer player, the leading scorer at the World Cup finals,' said Roeder in the Newcastle Journal.

'I think I will say what the chairman says, that I'm not ruling anyone in or out.' However, Roeder added: 'Klose could possibly be looking for a Champions League club after winning the Golden Shoe.

'We perhaps don't fit his remit if he were to move. But you can't help but admire his ability.'

He was reluctant to discuss signings after Saturday's match in Norway, preferring to leave such issues for today's press conference when Duff - who is understood to have cost a fee in the region of £10million - will speak for the first time about becoming a Newcastle player.

'Then we can start talking about the next player,' said Roeder. 'But we've got a list of players now that we want to start working our way through.'

Newcastle beat Tottenham to the signature of Duff, who spent three seasons at Chelsea but may have feared being squeezed out of the first team in the coming season due to the limited number of first-team places and the swelling numbers of midfielders in Jose Mourinho's squad - Michael Ballack having become the latest recruit.

He has been bought to inject pace, invention and quality into the Magpies' midfield, the sort they have been lacking of late.

Newcastle have had numerous entertainers in their team over recent decades though, and Roeder believes Duff is a player who will excite supporters.

Roeder told Setanta Sports 2: 'I played for Newcastle - admittedly a long time ago - but we had the likes of Chrissy Waddle playing in that team that I played in and (the fans) love ball-players who can go past players and get crosses in, and Damien is that type of player.'