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By ESPN Staff

Want-away Dyer could play in opener

Kieron Dyer is set to come into the reckoning for Newcastle's Premier League opener at Bolton on Saturday despite being linked with a move away from St James' Park.

Dyer reported back for training this week after his projected switch to West Ham fell through and Sam Allardyce insists unless the situation changes quickly he will remain a Newcastle player.

Allardyce said: 'There's been no more movement from West Ham and no other interest from any other club at the moment concerning him moving away from Newcastle.'

Allardyce has injury problems for the return to his old club with six high-profile players - Shay Given, Michael Owen, Damien Duff, Celestine Babayaro, Emre and Joey Barton all certain to miss out.

He added: 'It is a big blow from a selection point of view but the rest of the players who have been working away over the last few weeks have improved a lot in a short space of time.'

Allardyce is set to hand new recruit Mark Viduka his first competitive start and the 31-year-old Australian insists he is now hungrier than ever to land major silverware with the Magpies.

Viduka said: 'Newcastle is a massive challenge and I am excited about it. I was very sad to leave Middlesbrough but sometimes you can get stale and fade off. This is the right decision for my career.

'You begin to realise there are not so many years left to go whereas when you're younger you take it a bit more for granted. You think you are going to play for ever but now you want to get some great memories.'

Viduka is also relishing the opportunity to team back up with Alan Smith, who followed his former Leeds team-mate to the north-east when he sealed his move from Manchester United last week.

Viduka added: 'I was happy when I heard the other day that Alan was coming to get a medical. Me and Smithy go back a long way and there is no doubt he is a great player for the squad.'