Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder has admitted an interest in Southampton teenager Gareth Bale as he prepares for the transfer window to open.
The 17-year-old full-back, who is attracting attention from a number of Barclays Premiership clubs, is one of two Championship players in Roeder's sights.
Derby midfielder Giles Barnes is the other.
Roeder said: The only two players I am interested in from the Championship are Giles Barnes and Gareth Bale.
'They are two outstanding talents and the sort of players we should be looking at - and by admitting our interest, were are not giving away any secrets because a lot of top clubs fancy them.
'Barnes is an offensive midfield player and someone I would call a truly fine modern-day footballer, while it would not surprise me if Gareth Bale went on to play 100 games for Wales.'