Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Keegan Outlines Transfer Strategy

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Keegan Outlines Transfer Strategy

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Byline: Mark Douglas

KEVIN Keegan has made his first transfer mission statement of the summer, moving to reassure fans that there will be further signings and confirming that the club's recruitment policy centres on bringing in players who will be long-term assets.

Aware that Newcastle's squad has been heavily depleted since the end of last season, Keegan has emphasised the importance of bringing in more new faces before the start of the season - but he is adamant that will not see a deviation from the new transfer policy at St James's Park.

So far Newcastle have signed Argentina winger Jonas Gutierrez, aged 25, and Liverpool midfielder Danny Guthrie, aged 21 - a clear indication that the focus is on recruiting players the 'right side' of 30.

Keegan believes progress is being made on that front, and in a further encouraging sign for supporters, the United manager has also insisted that he will not sell any of the club's marquee names before the transfer window shuts at the end of August.

That should allay fears over the future of pivotal players like Obafemi Martins and Michael Owen, who have been the subject of speculation linking them with moves away from Tyneside for most of the summer.

It is the identity of the players Keegan will be bringing in, however, that will exercise the minds of supporters most before United kick off their Premier League campaign at Old Trafford on August 17.

"We not only will (add new faces), we have to," Keegan told the club's official website. "But what we've got to ensure is that we don't get players in just for the sake of it.

It's easy to bring in players and they're all the same, then you're left trying to pick from a bunch of players and you say, 'Well he's as good as him'.

"But, of course, to get the players in that are going to spark the others off and add something to the team will always be a little bit more difficult. …

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