Roeder in the Hunt for striker

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Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder has admitted an interest in free-scoring Ajax striker Klaas Jan Huntelaar.

The Magpies are in dire need of attacking reinforcements with Michael Owen and Shola Ameobi long-term injury victims.

Roeder is scouring the market for options and Huntelaar, along with his Ajax team-mate Urby Emanuelson, has come across his radar.

"Like a lot of Premiership managers, Huntelaar and Emanuelson are two players I greatly admire, but Ajax are insisting they are not for sale," Roeder told the Evening Chronicle.

Huntelaar forged a name for himself at Heerenveen and has not looked back since moving to Amsterdam.

His agent said recently a Premiership club had expressed interest in the forward and Ajax will be bracing themselves come the January transfer window.

Defender Emanuelson is a Dutch international, but he would not come cheap having committed his future to Ajax until the summer of 2011 in March.