Alan Pardew vows to keep Andy Carroll

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Alan Pardew has said that keeping Andy Carroll at Newcastle was his top priority before he signed his deal, while he is hoping to draft in new players in January.

Fans have been anxiously awaiting news following reports linking the 21-year-old Toon striker with a move away from St James' Park in the new year as owner Mike Ashley is said to be keen on cashing in on his star asset.

However, Pardew has revealed that he made keeping Carroll on Tyneside one of his stipulations when he signed his five-and-a-half-year contract with the Magpies.

Pardew said: "Andy Carroll was at the top of my list of questions because he needs to stay. This club has been crying out for another number nine and he looks like he's fitting the bill, so I made it clear that he needs to stay."

The 49-year-old went on to say that he hoped to squeeze some money out of the Newcastle board in order to bring in some new players in January, but only once he has assessed his current options.

"All I would say about January is that I really need to know what I have got at the club," he said.

"Who have you got to come off the bench and make an impact? I will be looking at that very closely. With that window just around the corner I will be concentrating on that."

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