Sunday, 20th January, 2013

Newcastle United manger Alan Pardew wants to make sure he has fresh faces to call upon when the Magpies visit Aston Villa in their next Premier League game on 29th January.

Pardew’s men went down to a 2-1 home defeat against Reading yesterday in a result which sees them uncomfortably close to the drop zone.

Newcastle are now just two points above the relegation places and have a series of tough fixtures on the horizon.

Aston Villa, who sit one place and one point below the Magpies, is now a crucial game.


And Pardew wants new recruits to take on Paul Lambert’s men.

"We definitely need two or three more players in this group, and hopefully we can get them over the line before we go to Villa", he told the BBC.

"I would like to go to Villa stronger than I was today."

Newcastle do look to be completing a swoop for Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, but the real worry is the failure to replace striker Demba Ba.

Loic Remy had been lined up, but he chose to sign for QPR.

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