Roeder looks to Saints' teenager Bale

December 23, 2006

Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder has admitted an interest in Southampton teenager Gareth Bale as he prepares for the transfer window to open.

The 17-year-old full-back, who is attracting attention from a number of Barclays Premiership clubs, is one of two Championship players in Roeder's sights.

Derby midfielder Giles Barnes is the other.

Roeder said: The only two players I am interested in from the Championship are Giles Barnes and Gareth Bale.

'They are two outstanding talents and the sort of players we should be looking at - and by admitting our interest, were are not giving away any secrets because a lot of top clubs fancy them.

'Barnes is an offensive midfield player and someone I would call a truly fine modern-day footballer, while it would not surprise me if Gareth Bale went on to play 100 games for Wales.'