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Newcastle, Southampton chasing Standard Liege midfielder William Vainqueur

Newcastle United and Southampton are chasing French midfielder William Vainqueur.

The Sun says Newcastle United chief Alan Pardew and Southampton boss Nigel Adkins are chasing the £2.5million-rated Standard Liege ball winner, 24, who is under contract until 2016.

He has fallen out with Liege coach Mircea Rednic. He said: "I've told Vainqueur he needs to take more responsibility."

Vainqueur's surname means Conqueror - or Winner. The original William the Conqueror became King of England after winning the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

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