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10 Feb 2011 10:00:07

Pardew explains Kuqi role

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."


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