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Lee Clark dreams of Newcastle Utd!

last updated Monday 28th May 2001, 11:43 AM
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LEE CLARK has pleaded with Fulham to let him talk with Newcastle United, should The Magpies decide to make a bid for the midfielder.

Clark has been an inspirational figure for The Cottagers, claiming the Player of the Year award, in a season where they romped away with the Division One title - but he has made no secret of his desire to return home.

He did, however, state that he is sick of hearing about the link but finding out that there is no substance to the story, and claimed that a time may come when he has to accept that his boyhood club are not going to try and sign him.

"I would hope that if Newcastle did come in for me, Fulham might be willing to negotiate because they are aware my wife and family are living in the North East," he said.

The 28-year-old midfielder revealed that he is talking with Fulham, saying:

"Negotiations have been ongoing about a new deal for a few weeks now, but I am in no huge rush to sign it. "Anyone who knows me would not doubt my love for my hometown club and my dream of playing at St James` Park again.

"However, my family get sick of hearing about me being linked with a return home only to find there is no substance to the story. "I do not know anything about this latest supposed enquiry and them being quoted £5 million about me. However, I think that is about the figure Fulham rate me."

Clark denied that his family would not move south, if he were to stay with Fulham, saying: "However, it is a myth that they would not be willing to move down here if I sign a new deal. I have bought a new house west of London and if I decide to stay I think they will move down to be with me.

"While I am really enjoying my time at Craven Cottage, Newcastle is the only club I would contemplate leaving here for. But there has to be a time when I know in my own mind whether they want me or not an I am not constantly having mine and my family`s hopes lifted and then dashed."
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