Newcastle target United striker and Liverpool defender

According to today's Daily Mirror, Newcastle United boss Kevin Keegan is interested in bringing West Ham United striker Dean Ashton to the club as well as Liverpool defender John Arne Riise.

The new Magpies boss has been told by his own players in recent days to go out and spend and he is said to have the backing of club owner, Mike Ashley, to do just that.

Ashton has returned to the West Ham first team in recent months after missing the whole of last season through injury. He joined the Hammers back in 2005 from Championship side Norwich.

Riise has been linked with several moves away from Anfield over the last six months or so, with Aston Villa said to be amongst the interested parties. I personally think Riise may be looking to move, with Fabio Aurielo getting back in the side in left-back.

I think if Keegan were to sign these two it would be great for Newcastle. Both are good players in their own right and I feel they would be great additions to a somewhat, below par Newcastle side this season.