Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

United Hold Up Transfer Plans

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

United Hold Up Transfer Plans

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Byline: Mark Douglas ? (0191) 201-6281 ? mark.douglas@ncjmedia.co.uk

NEWCASTLE United have frozen their summer transfer plans until their Premier League safety is assured.

The Journal understands the Magpies had intended to make a flying start to a summer in which they intended to make wholesale recruitment but that those plans have been mothballed until the club know their fate for the new season.

It remains to be seen whether the club's flirtation with relegation will have a major impact on managing to land their top targets, but the club are yet to follow up initial discussions with St Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - understandable given their precarious Premier League position.

The club also have an interest in Aston Villa's Andreas Weimann and have been scouting in Holland and Belgium for new recruits, but planned transfer summits seem to have been put back until the end of the season.

The club are already planning a major strategic review of the campaign in June which will take in every aspect of the club.

Strengthening the coaching team is one avenue being explored by Alan Pardew, who wants to see more Premier League experience in the squad next season.

At the moment the club have circled the wagons in an attempt to focus on the job in hand.

Recruitment and other matters that would normally be on the agenda at this time of the year have been mothballed until the club have more clarity on which division they will be playing in next year.

But there are a number of big decisions that the club will need to make after the season has finished - not least whether they acquiesce to Fabricio Coloccini's desire to leave the North East.

The player spoke of his determination to stave off the threat of relegation yesterday morning but skirted around his future, which is still the subject of plenty of scrutiny.

Key figures at the club are apparently resigned to his departure, which nearly happened in January after he made a request to join former club San Lorenzo. …

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