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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug 4, 2006

Roeder remains calm over Toon striker crisis

Glenn Roeder is refusing to panic about Newcastle's striker crisis even though the Premiership's big kick-off is just two weeks away.

Shola Ameobi and Albert Luque, Newcastle's only fit front men, will face Villarreal in tomorrow's St James' Park friendly while the search for new firepower carries on.

England striker Michael Owen is facing a lengthy rehabilitation from a knee injury and Roeder knows he has to bring in at least one more striker and preferably two.

'Having just two strikers leaves us woefully short,' Roeder told Sky Sports. 'Most Premiership managers have four strikers in their squad to select from but we have to be patient.

'There is still the best part of three weeks until the transfer window closes and it's still possible we could get a couple of players in. We are working hard to identify the players we want.'

Newcastle have been linked with several strikers, including Empoli's Francesco Tavano and Feyenoord's Dirk Kuyt.

Newcastle scout David Mills will be at the Amsterdam tournament this weekend with Roeder joining him after tomorrow's match with Kuyt likely to be under their scrutiny but Roeder ruled out any move for Tevano.

'It's not true, we're not even aware of the player,' said Roeder.

Newcastle have also been linked with Thomas Gravesen, Owen's former team-mate at Real Madrid.

'He is player of the highest quality and, if he does become available, then us and many other Premiership clubs will show interest. I certainly admire him as a player,' said Roeder.

The Newcastle boss revealed that Owen has been relaxing with his family in Portugal for a few days before returning to Newcastle to step up his rehabilitation next week.