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Keegan: New signings close

18 Jul 2008 - 11:10:42

Kevin Keegan has reassured Newcastle United supporters that he is closing in on the 'right' players to improve his squad.

The Magpies have added just Argentina international Jonas Gutierrez and midfielder Danny Guthrie from Liverpool to their ranks so far this summer.

However, Keegan has revealed that he is closing in on several other targets with the new season looming on the horizon.

"We not only will (make signings), we have to," he told the club's official website.

"But what we've got to ensure is that we don't get players in just for the sake of it.

"We've tried for a few and not always been successful. We've also had a lot thrown at us which we don't think are right for one reason or another, be it either wrong position or wrong age.

"And, while everyone at the club knows we're not going to look a gift horse in the mouth with an older playing coming in, we are trying to get, for all the right reasons, younger players who can stay at the club longer."

Meanwhile, Keegan has denied reports that some existing members of his squad could be offloaded to finance the new arrivals.

"Like I've said, we've got a small squad so it's no good getting one in to get one out, that just means you've maybe changed a position," he continued.

"Obviously there will always be talk of players leaving because we've got some very good players here.

"But they will only leave here if we want them to, that's for sure.

"We're not looking to sell our top-class players, we want to add top-class players to play alongside them."

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