Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew says their January market work is already underway.

The Evening Chronicle says it is understood that the Magpies' scouting net has widened this season and now covers the deepest corners of eastern European outposts such as Romania and Serbia, as well as the more mainstream avenues like France, Holland and Belgium which have became well-trodden paths of chief scout Graham Carr in recent years.

For the first time in years, Newcastle United aren't flying by the seat of their pants when it comes to recruitment.

They have a plan and in Pardew they have a manager who is keen to make sure they have eight years of stability at least.