Bellamy deal stories premature

Last updated : 04 December 2002 By Martyn Elliott

It had been widely reported that the Welsh forward had verbally agreed a new five-year contract to stay at St James’ Park.

But the club has denied this, with a spokesman telling the Evening Chronicle: "Nothing has been agreed verbally with Craig Bellamy and he certainly has not signed any deal.

"As far as we are concerned no contract talks with Craig and his advisers will be held until the New Year."