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Everyone loves transfer deadline day – the money, the silliness, the head of Harry Redknapp poking out of a car window, there’s always something happening and its always entertaining. Yet over in North East, it’s very much been the tale of two cities – while Sunderland’s Paolo Di Canio continues to stuff his squad with a bus-load of foreigners while lambasting his current players, there’s been almost nothing happening at Newcastle United.

Yes, it’s a strange world, but it appears that for the moment, it’s all quiet on the Tyneside front. In fact, it’s the backroom staff that have made the biggest splash at St. James’ Park, with Joe Kinnear making a shock return as director of football and proceeding to generate bad press for the Mike Ashley regime. Ostensibly, his job appears to be working with manager Alan Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr and bring in decent signings. Yet aside from some tentative declarations of interest and swatting down a potential move for FC Twente’s centre-back Douglas, Kinnear has done surprisingly little.

However, if you combine the former Wimbledon boss’s erratic behaviour and the all-around silly season the transfer window seems to bring (I notice Ade Akinbiyi hasn’t been prized away from Colwyn Bay… yet), you’re looking at an explosive cocktail. Something’s going to have to give eventually in the North East, and they’re surely going to sign someone. As it stands, it’s just a question of who.

So with that in mind, I’ve drawn up a list of potential last-minute signings for the Magpies. Click ‘next’ to see who I’ve got in mind.

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It’s that time of year again. The January transfer window is open for business and all 20 Premier League sides are looking to strengthen.

As with every season motives are different. Some clubs are trying to stave off relegation, others advance their lot by pushing for Europe. The title race and four Champions League spot remain as wide open as they have in years at the top.

Some managers are known to dislike the winter window, but love it or hate it only the brave or foolish ignore it. Certain teams desperately require strengthening to realize their ambitions and others need to have a quiet month, ensuring they hang on to their prized assets.

Players seeking moves may have extra motivation to do so this January as we are now in a World Cup year. Competition to make the plane to Brazil will be cut-throat for many of the 32 countries involved in the greatest sporting show on earth.

National coaches want their players getting regular football in the run-up to the World Cup. That can cause crazy winter gambles by outsiders to force their way back into the fold in time for June.

All these considerations have been weighed up by the WhatCulture sports team. So, for your delectation we have gone through all 20 English top flight teams, assessed what they need, who they have been linked with and who we would like see join them. We proceed alphabetically, so click next to start with Arsenal.

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Newcastle United are lining up an audacious bid for Manchester City’s Micah Richards in January, according to the Daily Mail.

Toon boss Alan Pardew is a big admirer of the 25-year-old, who has yet to sign a new deal at the Etihad despite being offered a fresh contract over the summer.

The England right-back wants assurances over his place in City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s starting XI before putting pen to paper on a proposed four-year deal.

Richards has been rotated alongside Pablo Zabaleta on the right by Pellegrini this season, making just two appearances, one of which included the surprise start against Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

The defender can also play at centre-back, but City boss Pellegrini has preferred to limit him to his usual role as a fullback.

Richards is thought to be happy with competing with Zabaleta for a starting role, and is paid around 65,000-a-week to do so, but Newcastle could offer a significant financial incentive to move to St James’ Park.

Richards endured a torrid campaign last season, missing most of it through injury, and is desperate for first team football this term as he aims to get himself back in contention for the England side.

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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew offered his resignation in the wake of his side’s 3-2 defeat to Everton in the Premier League last night, according to reports.

The Magpies crashed to their third topflight loss in six games at Goodison Park on Monday night, after Romelu Lukaku scored either side of Ross Barkley’s strike to help sink the Toon.

And though Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy scored in a late rally, the damage had already been done to the north East outfit in the first half.

Pardew is understood to have met with owner Mike Ashley after the game and offered to resign from his post, but was instead issued a vote of confidence and told his job is safe.

That comes despite the fact Newcastle are just two places above the relegation zone having conceded six goals in their last two Premier League games.

The Magpies next travel to Cardiff City at the weekend, followed by a home game against Liverpool and the Tyne and Wear derby against Sunderland.

They also take on Manchester City in the Capital One Cup at the end of the month, followed by crunch games against Chelsea and Tottenham.

Pardew signed a bumper contract extension at St James’ Park last September, tying him to the club until 2020.

Is it time for Alan Pardew to leave? Let us know in the comment section, below.

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Newcastle’s long summer pursuit of Bafetimbi Gomis looks to have finally come to an end according to Sky Tyne and Wear.

The deal for the Lyon striker has been on and off all summer long but now the French international looks set to stay in France, for this season at least. Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed that despite offers from Newcastle, Swansea and clubs in Turkey none have been deemed acceptable by the player:

“We have to face facts, there isn’t an offer that Bafe has accepted despite (interest from) the English and the Turks and Lyon need a player like him.

“It was logical that Bafe would not reach the end of his contract, but if it is not possible (to extend) we have no more time to reinforce the team, so he will be our reinforcement.”

After reports earlier in the summer that a fee was agreed the deal collapsed then over personal terms and agent fees. With him now set to stay in France till the end of his contract Newcastle will have to look elsewhere. However, there could be hope for a deal in January or next summer when the big striker’s contract runs out.

It is thought Joe Kinnear is working hard to bring one quality addition in. However this now looks more likely to be a winger than a striker and the focus is meant to be on players abroad rather than in the UK.

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