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Fulham 19:45 Newcastle

Kinnear looking to strengthen

Newcastle boss keen to bring in quality

Last Updated: 29/12/08 5:01pm

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Kinnear: Wants quality

Kinnear: Wants quality

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Joe Kinnear has confirmed that he wants to sign players who can come straight into the Newcastle team.

Newcastle had been making good progress under Kinnear but a narrow defeat to Wigan on Boxing Day was followed by a thumping 5-1 loss at home to Liverpool on Sunday.

Kinnear accepts that he not only needs to strengthen his squad, but he also needs to bring in top names who can improve his starting XI.

Magpies owner Mike Ashley announced over the weekend that he was no longer looking to sell the club, and Kinnear is now planning ahead for a busy transfer window.

He said: "January will be hectic on and off the field. We need to address that situation immediately, and that's the message I am getting across to Mike Ashley and the board of directors."

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Kinnear concedes that injuries may force him to bolster areas of his squad that he had not considered so closely.

He explained: "If we are looking for a team for the future and want to go forward and make a statement against teams like Liverpool, we must strengthen. Against Liverpool you could see how big the gap is.

"The players I am looking at bringing in are players who can come straight into the team.

"But I will have to make some changes. I was looking at certain areas, assuming that everybody was fit and well.

"But due to the length of time people are out injured, it could change."

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