Newcastle to focus transfer search on Europe, reveals Kinnear

The 66-year-old former manager, who recently arrived in the role of director of football, has targeted European signings as he looks to bolster the club's top 10 ambitions
Newcastle United director of football Joe Kinnear has promised to scour the European leagues in search of new signings.

Kinnear was controversially appointed into his role earlier this month, despite a gaffe-ridden radio interview, and it was announced that both manager Alan Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr would report directly to Kinnear.

And now the former Wimbledon boss has revealed that he will team up with Carr, who was responsible for the purchase of many of Newcastle's French stars, as they look to strengthen the Magpies' squad.

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"We will look abroad again with Graham Carr. I have had three days with Graham already," Kinnear told the Chronicle.

"We have been palling up, so we will go abroad. We will go to everywhere in Europe looking at matches. We will scour the length and breadth of Europe to find what we want.

"Each night, I will be going to matches. Maybe I will be going out of the country with Graham. We will travel around. We will go elsewhere to try to open the doors on new signings."

Carr was instrumental in several key signings under Pardew and Kinnear wants the three to work together to help solidify their place as a top-half team.

He continued: "Three of us can sit down and iron out what we think is the best for Newcastle.

"Our role is to get the best players and the best team that Newcastle can have. That's what I intend to do.

"I'm not saying, 'Hey, let's go and get [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Lionel] Messi'. They are out of our range. But if we see what we believe are good, solid players, I don't see why we shouldn't be in the top 10."