Newcastle United: January Transfer Window Review



Papiss Demba Cisse (Freiburg, £10m).

The Magpies recruited Demba Ba's international strike partner Papiss Demba Cisse to assist their fight for the top six.

Senegal's early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations means the pair are likely to be available for their club for the visit of Aston Villa this weekend.



Alan Smith (MK Dons, loan); James Tavernier (MK Dons, loan).

Despite having only played six times in 2011, Alan Smith has made a six-month loan move to League 1 side Milton Keynes Dons.

A return to Leeds United could well be in the offing after the brief spell under Karl Robinson, whilst James Tavenier will continue his education at Stadium MK and is now joined by the former England international.

Close shaves

Not the same sort of drama on deadline day that we saw 12 months ago, with all of The Toon's prized assets still intact.

Ba's future at St James' Park at one point looked ominous following revelations of Manchester United's interest.

A deal for Adrian Mariappa couldn't be completed as Alan Pardew missed out on a defensive target, with moves for James Collins and Chris Samba also falling flat.

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