Pardew plans January spending
Alan Pardew has ruled out making wholesale changes to his Newcastle side and believes his current squad just needs tweaking.
Having taken over from Chris Hughton last week Pardew has already been linked with making moves for a host of his old players, in particular Southampton striker Rickie Lambert. While stories linking Lambert with St James' Park have died a death Pardew is believed to be desperate to bring in some striking reinforcements, with Andy Carroll, Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands his only senior forwards. Pardew believes he can squeeze some extra cash out of owner Mike Ashley and says there will just be some minor changes to the Newcastle squad in January. "This squad requires tinkering more than surgery," Pardew told the Journal. "I don't think it will be a hectic January. You've got to be delicate with this group. The senior players are important. We need to stabilise and make sure we're a Premier League club next year, that's our priority. "Birmingham (tomorrow's opponents) is our priority. I know the window is looming and I need to make sure no one bypasses us that come available in January. It's a window where a lot of mistakes are made, where clubs pay over the odds for players and fees beyond their ability."