Last Updated: Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:38
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admits he will be glad to see the back of this year's January transfer window.
The 52-year-old has spent much of his time at St James' Park watching potential suitors jealously tracking his biggest names, and having lost striker Andy Carroll to Liverpool within weeks of his arrival, knows a club which has self-sufficiency as one of its stated aims is vulnerable.
Owner Mike Ashley decided back in January 2011 that Liverpool's £35million offer for Carroll was one he could not refuse, and with Paris St Germain's interest in Yohan Cabaye ongoing, Pardew knows another bumper bid would mean a decision had to be made.
That uncertainty, coupled with Pardew's own wish-list and the desire of players not currently involved in the first team to play, means February 1 cannot come quickly enough for the manager.
He said: "A little bit because you have obviously got a little bit more workload in terms of players who are not quite in the squad and are not going to play and 'Where am I in the group?'.
"You get all those kind of questions from agents and players - I understand that, and you have to answer them, so it is a little bit more time-consuming, and there's obviously a transfer that we are perhaps trying to do, so we will be pleased when it's shut and we can get on with the final part of the season."
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