NEWCASTLE UNITED are ready to compete with their two main Championship promotion rivals for the services of Crystal Palace teenager Victor Moses, writes PAUL FRASER.

Both West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest have already made offers for the highly-rated forward, with the Baggies’ bid amounting to £1.5m.

But now, after the player was deliberately left out of the Palace team that faced Newcastle to protect their asset, a similar offer has arrived from St James’ Park.

There has also been plenty of Premier League interest in the 19-year-old, according to the club’s administrators P&P Partnership, but none have shown their hand at this stage.

And with the clock ticking down towards Monday’s transfer deadline, Newcastle have made their move as they attempt to boost their goalscoring options after failing to sign Jermaine Beckford and Marlon Harewood.

Palace have been forced to lower their valuation of Moses after going into administration on Tuesday night, which has left the club’s entire future in doubt.

Moses’ agent, Tony Finnigan, has confirmed the offers from both Forest and West Brom, while he has also admitted there is “serious interest”

from Tyneside.

The Nigerian-born winger has scored six goals in 18 appearances for the Eagles in the league this season, having established himself as a first team player.