Roeder sets out Newcastle's January transfer plans

December 19, 2006

Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder will sit down with chairman Freddy Shepherd hours before the Carling Cup quarter-final clash with Chelsea to finalise the signings he has pinpointed in next month's transfer window.

The 51-year-old will send his resurgent side out against the Barclays Premiership champions at St James' Park tomorrow night looking to book a place in the last four by extending the Blues' run of one draw and two defeats in their last three visits to Tyneside.

However, he will do so having already thrashed out just where the chairman's money will be invested during the transfer window as he looks to strengthen his squad.

Roeder said: 'We have a list of players that we have spent the last three months putting together.

'We have spent a fair time in Europe looking at three or four targets in those areas of the team I feel need strengthening.

'We have very little strength in depth in defence and with Michael Owen and Shola Ameobi having long-term injuries, we do not really have strength in depth in striking roles.

'It would be quite easy to work out the areas we are attacking.'

Shepherd was down at the club's annual general meeting in London today, but will return ready to do business despite continuing speculation over the club's future ownership.

However, he remains focused on Roeder's rebuilding plan, and that would be boosted significantly by a victory over Chelsea.

Shepherd said: 'Glenn and myself have already have already had preliminary discussions, but we will probably decide tomorrow just who we can or cannot bring to St James' Park in the January transfer window.

'Whatever people may or may not say about Newcastle United, we have always done our best for our manager, and we will do what we can for Glenn Roeder.'

Jose Mourinho's side will arrive at St James' having lost there in the final game of last season and in the fifth round of the 2004-05 FA Cup with a Premiership draw in between.

The reigning league champions scraped past the Magpies at Stamford Bridge last Wednesday evening when Didier Drogba's late strike was enough to claim all three points, but that simply served to increase the belief within the black and white camp that they could claim a major scalp.

Roeder said: 'I hope the players get confidence from that fact, but you never get - and never will get - two games exactly the same.

'Chelsea, being the winners they are, will be as keen and as desperate to go through to the semi-finals as we are.

'Jose Mourinho has always treated this cup with respect, which other managers have not done in the past by putting out weakened teams.

'We are expecting to play a very strong and motivated Chelsea team tomorrow night.'

Roeder could have makeshift right-back Nolberto Solano back at his disposal after a groin injury with left-back Celestine Babayaro suspended, while Turkish midfielder Emre will have a late fitness test on an ankle problem.

However, Roeder has promised to keep a cool head on the sidelines whatever happens amid an ongoing debate over the behaviour of managers in which Mourinho has figured prominently.

He said: 'Over the last few years, football has become more theatre and I do believe a number of managers play to the cameras, they do enjoy seeing themselves gyrating and jumping up and down.

'That is not normally my style. I have my moments, I must admit, when I am trying to encourage the team or direct operations from the sidelines.

'But I much prefer to stand and watch the game and study what is going on so when I get a chance to speak to them at half-time or at the end of the game, I can hopefully make a more accurate assessment than the guys that like to bounce up and down as if they are on trampolines.'