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Newcastle braced for New Year shopping spree

Newcastle United fans in the Football Transfer Tavern have raised their pints to the news that Alan Pardew is set to be busy in the January Transfer window after he revealed that he hopes to head into the knockout stages of the Europa League with a considerably stronger team than he currently has at his disposal.

Pardew was speaking to Mail Online after his inexperienced side’s 2-0 defeat to Bordeaux on Thursday night which saw the French side secure top place in Group D and left the Magpies facing the possibility of a harder draw in the next stage. However Pardew is confident that come the return of European football in February he will have sufficiently strengthened his depleted squad.

The former Southampton boss said: “We wanted to qualify, that was the first agenda in this competition, and we did that we a game to spare. I think it would have been difficult coming here if we both hadn’t qualified and they played their best team on that pitch.”

“It would have been difficult for us because they have some very good player. But they bottom line is we have qualified and we can look forward to February.”

“I am just hoping that, fingers-crossed, when we come out of the other side of the window, we have got a stronger side.”

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