Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

There's More on the Way ( Glenn

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

There's More on the Way ( Glenn

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Byline: By Paul Gilder

A bullish Glenn Roeder last night urged Newcastle supporters not to panic as he insisted he will make at least three significant signings before the close of the transfer window.

The Magpies will begin their Premiership campaign against Wigan at St James's Park this afternoon having acquired just one new player this summer. And with Shola Ameobi the sole striking specialist on the club's books, it is obvious where United's shortcomings lie.

Roeder has shrugged off suggestions he is under pressure to make a breakthrough in the transfer market and insisted that an under-strength first-team squad is well-equipped to cope with the demands of top-flight football in the short term.

And, although his summer-long search for Alan Shearer's successor has proved fruitless so far, the 50-year-old remains confident that August 31 will find Newcastle in prime condition to challenge for silverware this season.

"There is no pressure to bring anyone in because, if truth be known, we won plenty of games with this squad last year," said Roeder, who has limited attacking options as he prepares a team to face Paul Jewell's side this afternoon.

"We want to add to the squad because we want to do better than we did last year, we want to finish higher in the table and collect more points. A few more players of quality would definitely help us do that.

"There is no panic whatsoever going into this game but that doesn't mean we have shut up shop. I'm very confident there will be at least three new players here by the time the (transfer) window closes."

Dirk Kuyt will not be one of them, with the Dutch international completing a pounds 9m move to Anfield yesterday. Roeder's scouts have spent all summer monitoring the 26-year-old's performances but Kuyt will be part of the Liverpool squad that travels to Sheffield United this lunchtime.

"We didn't bid for him," said the United boss. "If anyone was to suggest he turned us down they'd be wrong as you can only be turned down if you have made a bid.

"We were aware of Feyenoord's asking price. …

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