United look to see off Spurs in race to sign £9 million former Madrid ace

According to reports on Sky Sports, Newcastle United are interested in bringing former Real Madrid defender Jonatan Woodgate to the club from Middlesbrough and they are likely to face stiff competition from Tottenham.

The England defender has a spell at St James' Park that was plagued with injury before leaving to join Spanish giants Real.

Woodgate, 28, is said to be growing increasingly frustrated under current Boro manager Gareth Southgate and opened to the possibility of a move away from the Riverside. It is believed that new Magpies boss Kevin Keegan will have to bid as much as £9 million to secure Woodgate's services.

Spurs boss Juande Ramos is also said to be keen on Woodgate and it will be very interesting to see who Woodgate opts to join. My guess would be Newcastle simply because he has played for them before and because he if from up around their.