ALAN Pardew admits he is expecting a busy January – with Newcastle United one of the clubs at the centre of the transfer action.
The Magpies manager has already stated his desire to strengthen his squad in the summer after seeing it severely hit by injury and suspension this campaign.
But with a number of teams in the same boat, and other desperately trying to stay in the Premier League ahead of a bumper new TV deal which comes into force next season, Pardew believes there will be a flurry of transfer activity once the window opens.
Renowned wheeler-dealer Harry Redknapp, in particular, is expected to be busy as he looks to guide his new club Queens Park Rangers away from relegation.
And Pardew is keeping a close eye on the market himself in a bid to bolster his under-strength squad.
“On our side we look weak with the injuries we have sustained,” he said.
“We may need to bring a player in.
“We’re in the market – as a few other clubs will be, I’m sure.
“We play QPR next week and I’m sure they will be busy.
“There will be some movement.
“And for all the Premier League clubs, stability in this particular year is important because of the finance, obviously.”
Newcastle have struggled to match last season’s fantastic form which saw them finish fifth in the Premier League table.
As well as picking up a number of injuries, key players have also suffered a loss of form, but Pardew is confident that his stars can get back to their best.
“The bulk of the players we are going to have for the second half of the season are here,” he added.
“It would be nice to get one or two back like Steven Taylor and (Yohan) Cabaye, and as I say bring in one or two players to make us stronger.
“We’re a good side that is under performing.
“There are reasons for that but we can’t accept it.
“We have to work as hard as we can to turn the situation in our favour.
Newcastle have been linked with a host of players, both home and abroad, as speculation grows as to possible transfer targets ahead of the window opening on New Year’s Day.
The likes of Tom Ince, Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy have all been mooted as potential signings, but Pardew insists he isn’t listening to the rumours.
“We’ve always had that here,” said the 51-year-old.
“And we always will have because unfortunately we don’t have the finance of the top clubs.
“Therefore we will always have that speculation. The media make a song and dance about it.
“We have to deal with that, and we do. We just get on with the business of winning games.”