Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Signings Can Be Catalyst - Gordon

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Signings Can Be Catalyst - Gordon

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Byline: Luke Edwards

CRAIG Gordon feels the arrival of Teemu Tainio and Pascal Chimbonda from Tottenham Hotspur has kick-started Roy Keane's ambitious recruitment drive as Younes Kaboul also prepares to travel to Wearside for a medical this morning.

Gordon is thrilled to finally welcome some new teammates to the Stadium of Light after the transfer market got off to a sluggish start, and predicts others will follow having seen three established Premier League stars agree to sign for the Black Cats in the last 48 hours.

Indeed, rather than fear the added competition, Gordon has argued the signings have given the players a lift.

Keane has already told The Journal he expects to see as many as five or six new signings in place next week and the Black Cats remain hopeful the last of the pounds 23m Spurs quartet, Steed Malbranque, will finalise his move over the weekend after also agreeing personal terms.

"The news of the new signings will lift the dressing room immediately, without a doubt," said Gordon, who admits Keane's pursuit of his targets has brought back memories of his own protracted move from Hearts last summer.

"Transfers put pressure on the players already here and it's all good. It's good to hear the type of players that we are getting here. The records speak for themselves for the players concerned. They are high-quality players who have played for top teams. With those type of players coming in I'm sure it will add to the team."

The impending arrival of Kaboul comes despite interest from rival Premier League clubs, including Aston Villa and Portsmouth. And Keane is privately confident Malbranque is also tempted despite the worrying delays this week.

Keane said: "We're still very hopeful that Steed Malbranque and Younes Kaboul will sign for us. The issues we are trying to get across are basically out of our hands, we've done our bit and we've agreed a deal with the players. …

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