Coppell dismisses Lua Lua talk
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lua Lua is on the periphery of things at Newcastle, but Magpies chief Sir Bobby Robson said recently he did not want to let him go out on loan.
With the forward also leaning towards going to the African Cup of Nations in January, a loan move from Reading would not be viable at this stage.
Despite denying interest in Lua Lua, Coppell admitted his side needs freshening up in order to get their promotion challenge back on track, with Peterborough's Leon McKenzie a possible name in the frame.
"Somebody talked about Lua Lua and I've never even made a phone call about that player or anything," Coppell told the club's website. "It's a bit irritating when you have to deny something that doesn't even exist.
"If there was real interest I'd be honest and tell you. I've got nothing to hide."
Coppell, though, is looking to freshen things up, as he added: "I think our team is fairly predictable in terms of shape and those who are going to play. Sometimes you need something different just to throw on and change things.
"My mind goes back to the game on Sunday when Tottenham were 1-0 down. They threw a couple of subs on and changed the game, so a little option from elsewhere would make us more dangerous."
Coppell would appear to be close to adding an extra dimension to his squad in the form of former Colchester United striker Dean Morgan.
The 21-year-old has impressed during a recent trial and will be offered a deal in the near future.
"He's an investment for the future really," said Coppell. "We're looking to perhaps try to do something with him and we're talking to his agent this week. That will be an opportunity for him.
"He's certainly not the finished article at the moment, he will be the first to admit that and he's got to progress with us."