Newcastle United: Kevin Keegan Eyes Three Transfer Targets

Eddy ShearyadiCorrespondent IJanuary 19, 2008

After watching his "limited" Toon squad stalemate game against Bolton yesterday, Kevin Keegan revealed he needed to bring in at least three more players in January’s transfer window.

Admitting it was frustrating, King Kev saw his third reign at St. James' Park meet the Wanderers stubborn barrier.

Gary Megson's squad held the gate very tight for any of United's players to have a clear chances in front of their goal.

"If you look at the result and look at the game, we certainly didn't play as well as we can or I thought we could," Keegan said on the official club site. "But there were a lot of reasons for that, not least that these players played the game last Wednesday with ten men for 60 minutes and were terrific, but looked a bit tired today."

The fact that King Kev was without some of Newcastle United's key players played some part in yesterday's failure to get the maximum points. The remainder of United’s squad who played all looked a bit tired after the midweek FA Cup replay against Stoke City.

So, if you think Keegan was a joke on his first game in charge, you should think twice and look back at his resources yesterday.

United’s bench was packed with four academy players, and only one played in the game.

"We were without eight players and then Mark Viduka pulled a muscle yesterday, so we had nine out.," Keegan added. "The two young players—Charles N'Zogbia and James Milner—who played very well on Wednesday and were outstanding didn't quite manage to do that today, but we were playing a Premier League side."

And today, Keegan said he wants to recruit ready-made Premier League players who have no need of a settling-in period.

The requirement is clear; you can not expect any player to come in January’s transfer window just to be wasting time getting settled in with the Premierships style of play.

"I prefer to bring in players who don't need settling in. But we've got some good players here—make no mistake about it." Keegan said. "I want to bring in three players, I know who they are, but we'll have to see if they are available."

We need players who are ready to give in January transfer, they will act as an immediate help to the team current condition until the end of the season, so we don't have time to wait for them to make adjustment to the new league’s environments.

King Kev already have some names in his pocket, he knew all about the players he was inheriting despite almost three years out of the game.

News today speculating that Newcastle will try to lure the Geordie lad, Michael Carrick, out of the Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, Toon new signing, Ben Tozer, scores on his first game with the Toon academy against Nottingham Forest.

The 17-year-old centre-back put Newcastle ahead in the 71st minute before Forest top scorer Ryan Whitehurst fired home an equalizer for the home team, five minutes before full time.