Pardew explains Kuqi role

10 February 2011 10:00
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is pleased to have bolstered his striking options with the signing of Shefki Kuqi. Former Blackburn striker Kuqi has penned a deal at St James' Park until the end of the season as the Magpies look to fill the void left by Andy Carroll, who moved to Liverpool for £35million in January. The 34-year-old is likely to provide cover for Peter Lovenkrands, Leon Best, Nile Ranger and Shola Ameobi. Pardew said: "We needed another option up front because we are a little light there due to the temporary loss of Shola, and Shefki will provide us with something different. "He's match-fit and knows the English game well having been in the country for the best part of 10 years. He is ready straight away and that's what we wanted. "Shefki is a good, honest pro who will give us a strong physical presence from the bench."

Source: PA