Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kinnear Issues a Transfer Warning; I Need More Players - Newcastle Boss

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kinnear Issues a Transfer Warning; I Need More Players - Newcastle Boss

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Byline: STUART RAYNER

JOE Kinnear last night told the Newcastle United hierarchy they risk relegation unless they give him more money to spend in the transfer window, writes STUART R AYNER.

The Magpies manager is hopeful of signing three players this week - two on loan, one a free transfer - and selling one, but with only nine senior outfield players fit for tonight's FA Cup third-round replay at home to Hull City, he feels he needs more.

Kinnear pleaded his case at a hastily convened meeting with managing director Derek Llambias, football secretary Lee Charnley and assistant manager Chris Hughton. Owner Mike Ashley was in contact by telephone. "We need funds," was the blunt assessment from Kinnear, who was told when the transfer window opened he would have to sell to buy. "We will go through all the ideas we have for players and put the ball in Mike's court."

Apart from confirming he hopes to sign trialist Peter Lovenkrands on Friday, Kinnear (pictured right) refused to name names when it came to his other transfer activity, but is optimistic of imminent movement.

Kinnear claimed United have agreed a fee for the sale of one of his players, possibly Besiktas target Geremi. By his reckoning, the transfer fee and saved wages amount to pounds 4.5m. "That will go into the pot to get someone else," he explained. "Talks are ongoing and he has to decide with his wife if he wants to go.

"That will suck up one player but we need two or three. If we get the loans and get Peter on Friday that will be three new faces. I will then have to bite the bullet until the rest are fit.

"I am aware of the situation. We are just three points ahead of Spurs."

Of the prospective loanees, Kinnear added: "They're central midfielders. One Argentine, one Italian. They're both internationals but not playing in the Premier League. They are fringe players but have experience, which we need.

"They're on the bench for their current clubs but we've sounded out the clubs. We weren't in a position to do what they wanted in terms of buying but struck a deal to get them on loan. It's pounds 350,000 for one and pounds 400,00 for the other until the end of the season. …

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