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Shepherd admits Newcastle tried to sign Gazza for Keegan

Former Newcastle United chairman Freddy Shepherd has discussed trying to sign Paul Gascoigne for Kevin Keegan's team.

In 1995, when Gazza was told he was no longer wanted at Serie A giants Lazio by strict coach Zdenek Zeman, Newcastle were in the running for the England star.

Shepherd told the Evening Chronicle: "Without a doubt I wanted to sign Paul.

"When he was at Lazio we wanted him.

"We'd made contact with him, but we couldn't do the deal.

"He was on a fantastic wage by Lazio. We couldn't get him in the end.

"But Gazza was Gazza and I wanted him."

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