Magpies take in Torino clash
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Sir Bobby Robson has been linked with defender Fabio Galante and striker Simone Tiribocchi, but reports are suggesting Paolo Castellini was the player who came under the microscope on this occasion.
The 22-year-old left back Castellini has been the subject of positive reports and it is being suggested that tentative enquiries have already been made by The Magpies.
Castellini can also operate as a wide midfielder, a position currently occupied by Laurent Robert at St James` Park.
Robson would love to channel the frustrating Robert`s efforts into consistent performances, but it could be that he is considering other options for next term.
Talented defender Galante would almost certainly be available in the summer, after a fall out with Toro coach Renzo Ulivieri, and Robson is still looking at defensive options despite the recent capture of Jonathan Woodgate.
Tiribocchi is currently on loan at Siena, but has earned rave reviews and could be a striker Robson may well consider in the summer.
The Granata club find themselves rooted to the foot of the table and could well be forced to sell players if they drop into Serie B, a fact the wily Robson is almost certain to be aware of.