Newcastle United's winter injury crisis will lead them to make two defensive signings in the January transfer window, according to the Mirror.

Injury to Steve Taylor, which will see him miss the remainder of the season, and Fabricio Coloccini, who will be out for a month leaves the club will an injury crisis during their busiest part of the season.

But while the club are unable to bring in new players for the busy festive period, Newcastle are making plans to make two signings to shore up their back-four.

PSV Eindhoven defender Erik Pieters, who was heavily linked with the club in the summer as a replacement for Jose Enrique and Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa are both on Newcastle's wish list.

The club still have the majority of the £35 million they recouped from the sale of Andy Carroll in the last January transfer window, while they look likely to bring in Modibo Maiga to support an attack which has netted just twice in their last their games.

Newcastle will have to make do until the the opening of the transfer window, with James Perch, like he was on Saturday, likely to be called upon to cover.

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