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Barca confirm Viduka interest

29/06/2003 06:02:19 AM Comments (0)

Spanish giants Barcelona have made Leeds United striker Mark Viduka one of their top transfer targets, according to press reports.

Barcelona vice-president Sandro Rosell told the BBC that the 27-year-old Australian striker is one of several strikers being considered by new coach Frank Rijkaard.

"We are interested in many players, but we are not being transparent about our interests because we have lost out on players twice," said Rosell.

The Nou Camp side have recently tried to lure both England skipper David Beckham and Brazilian World Cup star Ronaldinho, but have been thwarted on both occasions.

"We have six or seven players as possible targets for each position, and if you wish to say Viduka is on the list then that would be true."

The player's agent Andrea D'Amico said he has been approached by Rijkaard about Australian international Viduka who was top scorer at Elland Road last season with 24 goals.

His golden run of 13 goals in the last nine Premiership matches virtually single-handedly ensured Leeds avoided relegation.

Leeds do not want to sell, but they are under financial pressure to cut losses.

They had already agreed to sell goalkeeper Paul Robinson to Aston Villa for STG3.5 million ($A8.78 million), but the player rejected the move to the Midlands.

Leeds have banked STG3.75 million ($A9.4 million) from Italian side AS Roma for French midfielder Olivier Dacourt while they look set to offload another Australian Harry Kewell to either Arsenal, Manchester United or Liverpool.

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