Alan Pardew hailed his side's performance after the Magpies beat West Brom 3-1 at the Hawthorns yesterday to move level on points with fifth placed Chelsea.

The Newcastle manager though played down talk his side could challenge for fourth - despite closing the gap on Tottenham to just five points.

Kenny Dalglish has admitted that Liverpool need to "change their philosophies" after his side's dismal 2-1 home loss to Wigan - their fifth defeat in six games.

Elsewhere, Harry Redknapp says he believes Tottenham's "blip" is over after their draw with Chelsea put them in pole position to finish in fourth place.

TRANSFER NEWS

Manchester United look set to offer Rio Ferdinand a new contract that would keep the 33-year-old at Old Trafford for at least another year. (The Guardian)

Chelsea are reportedly considering a sensational £80m bid to sign both Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain and Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer. (The Telegraph)

And finally, Real Sociedad are due to open talks this week with Arsenal over the signing of Carlos Vela, who is currently on loan with the La Liga side. (Sky Sports)

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