Toon Change Tactics To Lure Saints Star

Last updated : 24 December 2006 By Footy Mad - Editor

He admitted an interest in Southampton teenager Gareth Bale, who looks certain to move on sooner rather than later, as he prepares for the transfer window to open. And also Giles Barnes.

The 17-year-old full-back is attracting attention from a number of big clubs including Liverpool and Arsenal, and Derby midfielder Giles Barnes is the other.

Roeder: "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."