Toon won't be held to transfer ransom

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Chris Hughton has warned that Newcastle will not be held to ransom as they attempt to push through their transfer window plans.

The Magpies were more than interested to learn of striker Jermaine Beckford's decision to hand in a transfer request last week, which was finally confirmed by his club Leeds on Wednesday.

That news came just hours after Matthew Kilgallon's agent revealed that the defender, who has also been linked with a move to St James' Park, had decided to stay at Sheffield United.

Hughton said: "What I have been told is I will be backed very much at board level. But of course what I am conscious of is that any player you bring in has a value and I have to work within the parameters that way. But that's normal and that's the way to do our business."

With Leeds understood to have rebuffed Newcastle's advances for Beckford to date, manager Hughton indicated his club would not be dragged into a bidding war for the man whose goal dumped Manchester United out of the FA Cup on Sunday.

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