Football - Kinnear keen to look abroad

Newcastle will not abandon the European market as director of football Joe Kinnear attempts to provide Alan Pardew with a stronger team.

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The Magpies have prospered in recent seasons as a result of chief scout Graham Carr's knowledge of continental talent, which has allowed the club to recruit the likes of Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Papiss Cisse and Moussa Sissoko.

However, amid misgivings over the lack of homegrown talent in Pardew's squad, a perception has emerged in recent weeks that domestic options will be examined this summer with Aston Villa striker Darren Bent and West Ham defender James Tomkins understood to be among the current list of potential targets.

But while Newcastle's horizons may be extended, Kinnear insists Carr's expertise will not go to waste.

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

"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."

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