If losing star striker Andy Carroll on transfer deadline day wasn’t bad enough, leaving Newcastle United little-to-no time to find a replacement.
It has since emerged that the Toon Army were also beaten to the signature of highly rated Southampton winger Jason Puncheon at the final hour before the transfer window slammed shut last night.
In a move that would have seen Puncheon reunited with the manager that signed him for the Saints, Alan Pardew was left smarting when Blackpool entered the race at the last minute as the player made his way to St James’ Park to sign on loan for the rest of the season.
A dramatic u-turn by the player who has previously spent time on loan at Millwall this season was sparked by the offer and promise of Premier League action by Tangerines boss Ian Holloway reports the Daily Mirror.
The 24-year-old has fallen out of favour on the South coast since he penned a three-and-a-half year deal almost a year ago to the day.
At Millwall he scored five goals in seven appearances in a brief loan spell before returning to Southampton where he lined up against what would prove to be his future parent club - Blackpool in the FA Cup third round.
Puncheon joins James Beattie, Andy Reid and Sergei Kornilenko on what proved to be a tremendously busy deadline day at Bloomfield Road before the close of the January transfer window as Blackpool look to confirm their place in the Barclays Premier League next season.
Newcastle fans may also now be looking over their shoulders after what can only be described as a disastrous transfer window which saw them wave goodbye to their star man.
But speaking in a press conference earlier today Pardew vowed to spend the £35m the club received from Liverpool for Andy Carroll on strengthening his squad in the summer.
"I told [Newcastle owner] Mike Ashley that the money has to be reinvested in the team and he agreed that all the money will be used. For the Newcastle fan, that is the most important message I can give.”
Pardew concluded by issuing a rallying call after an unsettling past few days saying, "We have to stay strong as a group and my message to the players and fans is that we have to be strong in the second half of the season.”
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