Newcastle United: 5 January Signings to Secure the Toon a Top 5 Finish

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Newcastle United: 5 January Signings to Secure the Toon a Top 5 Finish
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Alan Pardew. Probably not shaping to punch someone in the face.

Newcastle United got a badly-needed win against Norwich on Sunday. Prior to this—aside from their sole win against Tottenham Hotspur in their opening fixture—the team hadn’t scored first in any of their Premier League matches this year. This won’t get them anywhere near the fifth-place finish they enjoyed last season.

Repeatedly chasing a deficit demonstrates a lack of ability to control the game, so Alan Pardew will look to rectify this in the January transfer window. Last year saw the arrival of Papiss Cisse—which, I think we can agree, turned out pretty well—so Pardew will hope for the same degree of success in 2013.

Here are five players who will help the Magpies climb the table in the second half of the season.

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