Newcastle will be sensible in transfer market, says Llambias

Following failed attempts to bring both Mathieu Debuchy and Douglas to the club during the summer, the managing director has stressed the importance of spending within their means
Newcastle United managing director Derek Llambias has insisted the club will not over-extend themselves financially in the transfer market.

Alan Pardew has struggled with a depleted defence so far this season, with the likes of Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor missing through injury in recent weeks and Ryan Taylor ruled out for several months.

Newcastle reportedly failed in moves for Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy and FC Twente centre-back Douglas, despite lengthy negotiations, and Llambias has warned that the club will not allow themselves to be held to ransom and must be “realistic” in terms of wages and transfer fees.

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"We've made it quite clear to everyone. We have 11 positions that are grade A players or Purples, as we call them," Llambias told the Northern Echo.

"Then, under them, we have the players who come in under them to take the positions so the squad gets bigger.

"Eventually we'll have 33 players who will be pushing everyone. Where we are we have, in effect, 11 Purples if you count [Vurnon] Anita. He can play midfield, right-back, left-back. They are there. Centre-backs you have Colo [Fabricio Coloccini] and Steven Taylor, who are fantastic centre-backs.

"To bring in another centre-back then you have James Perch, who is doing a fantastic job, [Mike] Williamson, who is doing a fantastic job. You can't have two purples per position because the club can't afford it. You have to be realistic."