Newcastle chasing Zenit star Arshavin

Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Andriy Arshavin is being tracked by Newcastle United.

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Toon boss Sam Allardyce will have scouts in Tel Aviv on Saturday to watch Arshavin in action for Russia against Israel.

The versatile Arshavin, who can play as a striker, in the hole, as an attacking midfielder or a right-sided midfielder, was voted Russia's player of the year last year.

Rated at around £7million, his acquisition would require a significant outlay by owner Mike Ashley, although Newcastle's failure to sufficiently supply England striker Michael Owen in recent weeks has become a serious concern.

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