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Newcastle's dire run of form continues to be the topic of conversation in the North East, but beleaguered boss Alan Pardew says that he will be able to turn things around in the summer when he can strengthen in the transfer market - but he needs to get to that point first, with question marks still surrounding his future on Tyneside.
“We’ve looked at a couple things last week that might be opportunities for us,” Pardew said. “And we also looked at a couple players for the summer. That’s an area we need to get to, but we’ll be in a good position in the summer, I think. But we need to get there first.”
Captain Fabrizio Coloccini has moved to try and calm fears around the club, but says despite the best efforts of the players to notch up a much needed win, they just can't seem to manage it at the moment, citing injuries as a big reason for their recent decline.
"We are trying to win every game but our current form is not good enough," he said. "The fans are angry - we have to accept that. When you are not playing well, this is what happens. Recently we've been missing some players through injury like Loic Remy, Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko.
"It will be good to have them back once they are fit - they are top players - but if you are playing badly then it doesn't matter who is in your team. We have to start playing like a team again. We want to finish as high up the table as possible and want to finish with some wins for the supporters," added the Argentine.
Meanwhile, with rumours swirling about goalkeeper Tim Krul and a potential summer exit for the Dutch shot stopper, the Magpies have been linked with a move to replace him - with a former player. Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster left St. James' Park for a permanent move to Glasgow after two year-long loan spells with the club, but could be heading back to the North East as Pardew lines up the England international to return to the club.