Newcastle United boss Sam Allardyce is confident of landing Barcelona defender Edmilson, despite his big wage demands.

The Daily Mail says Allardyce flew back from talks in Spain last night and has not been put off by £80,000-a-week wage demands or the recurrence of Edmilson's long-standing injury.

Edmilson, who would cost a nominal fee, turns 30 next month and faced England at Wembley earlier this month. Allardyce knows he faces serious competition, with AC Milan and Juventus showing interest.