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Transfer news: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew hopes to bolster squad in January

Alan Pardew: Newcastle boss would like to add to his squad in January

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is hopeful he can strengthen his squad in the January transfer window.

Pardew does not expect to make any big-money signings, but he has confirmed the club has made several enquiries regarding players.

The Magpies boss is happy with the squad at his disposal, but feels he may have to add to the numbers in case of injuries and suspensions.

Pardew said: "It would be foolish not to have targets, so there are a few people we are looking at, making a few phone calls just to see if they are staying until the summer or what their views may be.

"Those are the sort of calls we are making. If we think there's an opportunity arisen - and there can be in January at times - then we will grasp it; if not, we won't.

"We have got a good team. We have got good back-up. We are stronger than we were two years ago, when we finished fifth, in terms of depth.

"Whether the first XI can achieve the same results throughout the season, we will have to wait and see, but the signs are good and the players are playing terrifically well."