Newcastle, Portsmouth battle for Zaragoza's Aimar

Newcastle United and Portsmouth are battling for Real Zaragoza midfield schemer Pablo Aimar.

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The Daily Mail says Newcastle want to pip Portsmouth to the signing of Aimar after the south coast club balked at the £7million asking price.

Despite their own cost-cutting, Newcastle believe they can strike a deal with the Argentina midfielder's relegated team Real Zaragoza. The Spanish club are desperate for cash.

Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan is a big attraction to Aimar, who is eager to play in the Barclays Premier League. Talks will be held over the next 24 hours.

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