Pardew: No need for defender

  • Last Updated: January 4 2014, 11:21 GMT

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew refuses to buy into the belief that injuries have left him requiring a new centre-half.

Alan Pardew: In no hurry to sign a defender
Alan Pardew: In no hurry to sign a defender

It has been suggested that the Magpies should dip into the January market for defensive reinforcements after seeing Fabricio Coloccini pick up a knock.

Newcastle's club captain could be sidelined for up to six weeks with a knee complaint, forcing him to miss a crucial stage of the season.

Pardew is aware of the calls for him to bring in cover, but does not believe that he needs it.

He feels he is well stocked at the back and has full faith in those already at his disposal to help plug the gaps.

Pardew said in the Daily Star: "Colo's knee injury is a grade two and therefore doesn't need surgery, so it's a process of between four to six weeks.

"But I don't think that means me making a transfer. I don't see why I should do that.

"I've got Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa here, who we paid £8.5million for, and he was very unlucky to lose his place, while there's also Steven Taylor, who we know is a great player. So there's no need for any knee-jerk reaction."

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