Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce was hoping to conclude his fourth summer signing today after being given permission to open talks with Chelsea utility man Geremi.

It is understood the Blues have allowed the Magpies to meet the 28-year-old Cameroon international and that discussions have begun.

Geremi, who spent a season on loan at Middlesbrough from Real Madrid before joining Chelsea in a £7million switch in August 2003, is right-sided and can play either at the back or in midfield.

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