Joe Kinnear reveals cap on new arrivals at Newcastle

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JOE Kinnear says Newcastle United’s transfer policy has capped new arrivals – at “one or two” players a year.

The club is yet to bid for a player in this month’s transfer window, but one report suggested there could be as many as four arrivals at St James’s Park.

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However, Kinnear, United’s director of football, has moved to dampen expectations on Tyneside in his programme notes for this afternoon’s home game against Manchester City.

“Our preparation for the transfer windows is a year-round activity and at Newcastle United we plan our transfer activity based on a full calendar year as opposed to approaching each window in isolation,” wrote Kinnear.

“Now that we have strength and depth in most areas, as well as players within our ideal age range in most positions, our intention for the first team going forward is to sign one or two players per year to improve the squad.

“This will be done within strict financial parameters – the club will only spend what it can afford.”

With Newcastle manager Alan Pardew keen for a striker to arrive in the transfer window, have again been linked with Olympique Lyonnais forward Bafetimbi Gomis.

However, Gomis, available on a free transfer in the summer, will turn 29 before the start of next season.

And Kinnear has reiterated United’s policy of signing younger players with a re-sale value.

“We have made certain elements of our transfer policy well known,” he said.

“One example being the desire to recruit players whose futures are ahead of them, not behind, which in nearly all cases means players in their early to mid-20s, not beyond.”

Meanwhile, United have reportedly turned down a bid from an unnamed Qatari club for striker Papiss Demba Cisse.

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