Newcastle ahead of Middlesbrough, Sunderland for Lita

Newcastle United are leading the race for Reading striker Leroy Lita.

The Geordies, still uncertain over the futures of Michael Owen and Obafemi Martins, have targeted the £4million-rated striker.

But they face a battle with Portsmouth, Middlesbrough and Sunderland for the England U-21 star who is keen to stay in the Premier League.

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