Eastern Europeans linked

Last updated : 10 January 2003 By Martyn Elliott

The Sun claims that the 27-year-old World Cup star, described as a hardman in the Vieira mould, is set to sign for £4million next week as Sir Bobby attempts to add some steel to the midfield.

Smertin is reported to have said: "I am desperate for a move to the Premiership and I know that the English style would suit my game."

Meanwhile Dynamo Kyiv’s Andrei Husin has apparently re-emerged as the number one defensive target after bids for Jonathan Woodgate and Daniel van Buyten failed.

Husin's agent Paulo Martins Barbosa claimed: "Talks with
Newcastle are at an advanced stage with Bobby Robson keen to finalise it within the next week or so."