NEWCASTLE manager Ruud Gullit is lining-up a double swoop on his former club days after signing Steve Clarke as his assistant at St James' Park. Gullit is believed to be preparing to offer Chelsea manager Gianluca Vialli ?2.5 million for defender Dan Petrescu who, despite having a marvellous World Cup with Romania, has been told he is surplus to requirements following the arrival of Spanish defender Albert Ferrer from Barcelona. Gullit may also make a cheeky bid to tempt Gianfranco Zola away from Stamford Bridge. Zola is another of Vialli's fringe players who would jump at the opportunity of playing regular first-team football once more. The Italian striker, whose goal won Chelsea the European Cup- Winners' Cup last season, is not guaranteed to be among Vialli's first 11 this season following the arrival of compatriot Pierluigi Casiraghi and Dane Brian Laudrup in the summer. Gullit has been given money to spend by the Newcastle board but is also looking to offload some of the 30-plus professionals currently on the club's playing staff. Clarke has signed a three-year deal. Newcastle are believed to have paid Chelsea ?150,000 for the 35-year-old Scot, who said: 'As soon as Ruud phoned me, straight away I said 'yes' and it was just a matter of sorting things out from there. 'It was obviously difficult to leave because 12 years at one club is a long time and I've made a lot of friends and have got some great memories of the place. 'But in football things move on and this club is massive. I've left a club that has won four trophies in the past couple of years, so I must be going to Newcastle for a reason and the reason is that it is an ambitious club. 'I think if you can be successful at Newcastle, it will be a fantastic place to work. 'It is a big compliment to me, coming as it does fairly early in my coaching career. It's a big job for me and I'm not under any illusions. I don't think I'm going to walk in and suddenly be a great coach because I've got to learn the job.' Newcastle chairman Freddie Shepherd confirmed the club had paid the Londoners a compensation fee for Clarke. He said: 'We agreed to pay them a nominal fee in the form of compensation and would like to thank them for the amicable way they negotiated. They re-cognised this was a great career move for Steve and did not stand in his way.' Meanwhile, five Premier Lea-gue clubs are reportedly interested in signing Swedish midfielder Johan Mjallby, with Leeds prepared to pay as much as ?2.5 million, the Swedish tabloid Expressen said. Liverpool manager Roy Evans and representatives from Tottenham and Aston Villa were spotted last Thursday at a match between Mjallby's club AIK and IFK Gothenburg, Expressen said. Southampton have also shown interest, the paper said. Expressen said Leeds were favourites to sign Mjallby after their first choice David Batty of Newcastle proved too expensive. Mjallby scored in Sweden's 2-1 win over England in their opening European Championship group five qualifying match earlier this month. 'Nobody has personally been in contact with me but it is obviously nice that the clubs are interested. But it would be even nicer if someone were to come up with a concrete offer,' Mjallby told Expressen. Mjallby's agent Anders Wallsten declined to comment. 'After so many rumours recently about Johan Mjallby I'm choosing my words very carefully. I can't really give any comment at all,' Wallsten told Expressen. Former Liverpool and Southampton goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar, is strongly tipped to be Zimbabwe's new national coach. Grobbelaar met Zimbabwe Football Association executives for talks on Tuesday. An announcement is expected over the weekend. Zimbabwe television quoted ZIFA sources as saying that the meeting was just a formality but Grobbelaar said: 'We have discussed various points and the ZIFA are looking at them and will make a decision soon.' The 40-year-old former Zimbabwe international has been playing for English First Division club Bury this season following a recent spell with minor league Chesham after being cleared of match-fixing charges last year. Grobbelaar has been caretaker coach of the national side on two occasions, against Sudan and Cameroon. He is one of five coaches believed to be contacted about the post, two others being former South African coach Clive Barker and former Nigerian captain Stephen Keshi. Another goalkeeper making a comeback in the English divisions is former Rangers and Scotland man Andy Goram. Goram, freed by Rangers on the instruction of new coach Dick Advocaat, has been playing with Notts County. Coventry's Gary McAllister is also hoping to make a comeback within the next two weeks. McAllister, 33, missed most of last season, and Scotland's World Cup campaign in France through knee ligament trouble. He is looking to come through a reserve game unscathed.