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Merson criticises Newcastle market work

Arsenal hero Paul Merson has criticised Newcastle's January market.

The Magpies splashed out £85million last month, bringing five new signings to St James' Park.

Merson has claimed Aaron Ramsey, who instead joined Scottish champions Rangers, would have been Newcastle's best January signing 'by a country mile'.

And Merse told Sky Sports: "It's been disappointing [for Ramsey at Juventus]. When you get a move, you've got to start well at a big club like that and it didn't work out for him.

"I'm very shocked there isn't Premier League clubs in for him. He's a player that scores goals from midfield, a good player and I'm shocked there aren't more clubs in for him.

"You look at Newcastle, who are buying players left, right and centre and he would be the best player they've bought by a country mile."

Merson added: "None of them are like signings that are breathtaking. If you put Jesse Lingard up there I'd go, 'wow.'

"Chris Wood [has been] playing down at the lower parts of the Premier League.

"Targett, is steady but he played behind Jack Grealish for the last two or three years that maybe made him a better player.

"I'm not sure, but they've given themselves a chance [of survival]."

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