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Kinnear submits transfer targets

Joe Kinnear
Kinnear was a surprise appointment by Newcastle in September

Newcastle interim boss Joe Kinnear has handed a list of players he wants to buy to executive-director Dennis Wise ahead of the January transfer window.

Kinnear was appointed in September after Kevin Keegan's exit and is working on a rolling monthly contract.

"I've got my eye on two or three players that we need," said Kinnear.

"Dennis has the task of getting them, provided we get the finance," added Kinnear, who admitted he will have to sell players before buying new ones.

Keegan left after being frustrated by the club's transfer policy, saying players were being sold without his permission and new signings were imposed on him.

However, Kinnear is hoping that any transfer dealings in January will be based on his own recommendations.

"Dennis has also been given the task of removing some of the players that I feel are not good enough for the club," he said.

"I am to work on the assumption that if there is somebody I desperately want, then it is possible he (owner Mike Ashley) would put his hand in his pocket, providing the sale of the club is not imminent at the time."

After the draw at Chelsea on Saturday the 61-year-old Kinnear revealed Ashley had asked him to stay for another month until Christmas.

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"I didn't think when I first took the job that I would be here this long to be honest," said Kinnear.

"At the time it was clear they had somebody who was going to buy the club within eight weeks, so we didn't get down to talking about finances and stuff for players.

"But now, because it seems the club won't be sold until after Christmas."

If there is somebody I desperately want, then it is possible he (owner Mike Ashley) would put his hand in his pocket

Joe Kinnear
Owner Ashley has publicly stated his desire to the sell the club but has struggled to find a buyer with Keith Harris, the man charged with finding potential suitors, saying a deal is unlikely before February.

Harris is chairman of investment bank Seymour Pierce and believes that the current economic climate will see buyers wait until after the January transfer window before making a move.

"It is probably likely to be deferred until after the close of the window, when also people have got some hopes that the financial chaos will have settled down a little," he told BBC Radio 5 Live's Sportsweek.

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"It's my gut feeling, but it is no more than gut. I have got nothing tangible to base it on other than that instinct.

"I don't think there is anything negative in that, it is force of circumstances."

The struggling Magpies have recorded two wins, four draws and three defeats in the Premier League since Kinnear took over towards the end of September.

On Saturday Kinnear revealed the latest interested party in Newcastle - a group of unnamed Americans - failed to come up with an appropriate takeover offer.

"The club has not got a buyer yet but people are talking to them," said Kinnear. "So far, nobody has come up with the cash.

"Mike said they were Americans but the offer they made was well below his estimation of what the club was worth."

Former Wimbledon and Luton manager Kinnear was a surprise appointment when he was unveiled as the club's interim boss following Kevin Keegan's departure early in September.

After Keegan quit on 4 September, Newcastle slumped to three straight defeats.

Saturday's draw with Premier League leaders Chelsea moved Newcastle up to 15th in the table, one point above the relegation zone.

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see also
Chelsea 0-0 Newcastle
22 Nov 08 |  Premier League
Kinnear open to role for Shearer
21 Nov 08 |  Newcastle
Kinnear agrees Magpies extension
24 Oct 08 |  Newcastle
FA warns Kinnear over his conduct
14 Oct 08 |  Newcastle
Kinnear starts work at Newcastle
30 Sep 08 |  Newcastle
Kinnear seeks to lift team spirit
29 Sep 08 |  Newcastle
Magpies name Kinnear interim boss
26 Sep 08 |  Newcastle
Keegan resigns as Newcastle boss
04 Sep 08 |  Newcastle


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