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Newcastle to discuss duo

Rotherham United are waiting to discover what discussions with parent club Newcastle United hold for James Tavernier and Haris Vuckic.

The pair spent the 2013/14 campaign on loan at Rotherham - helping them to play-off success and promotion to the Sky Bet Championship.

It has been suggested that both could be targeted for permanent deals over the summer, with Steve Evans eager to keep a settled squad in one piece.

He is, however, aware that Newcastle will have the final say on any transfers.

Alan Pardew is keen to speak with Tavernier and Vuckic before any moves are sanctioned, with it important to discuss the best way forward for two young talents.

Evans told the Evening Chronicle: "I know Alan wanted to get the play-offs out the way before he sits down with both lads individually.

"He will look at it from a distance and a professional point of view.

"He is a pleasure to deal with and he is very much like Sir Alex Ferguson to deal with on that basis."

Evans added on two men who were able to put a lack of first team activity at Newcastle and injury troubles behind them to shine in League One: "They've both been excellent for us.

"There are two scenarios. James Tavernier came in ready to play. Haris came in on the back end of an injury period he had.

"He's managed to get back on the pitch and do well. Tav has been great for us.

"We are thankful to Alan Pardew, Steve Stone and Lee Charnley up at Newcastle United for allowing us to have their players.

"We never forget when we sign players from a big club like Newcastle that we have to respect that they are Newcastle players and should be treated accordingly."