The 11th hour again for Newcastle United...

By Lee Ryder on Jan 30, 12 11:02 PM

Newcastle United went into the transfer window on January 1 looking for a defender and as we go into the final 24 hours - their brief hasn't changed.

True enough, the addition of Papiss Cisse has to be a welcome one with few expecting - including Mike Ashley and the United top brass - the Senegal star to become available this month.

Don't forget, it was United that decided to sell their number 9 this time last year, sparking the unsettlement of Joey Barton and Jose Enrique.

And so it's to the 11th hour we go again.

We all know Mike Ashley likes to gamble and appears to get a buzz out of the excitement of the last say of the window.

As a businessman, he's obviously going to scent a good deal when it comes along, and if that means cashing in on other team's desperation - he seems prepared to go inch by inch.

This has been proved in the Carroll deal 12 months ago but while fans were furious with the deal, they can't be anything but happy with the way it turned out with Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Davide Santon decent success stories in the market for the Mags.

Newcastle may have invited the tag of selling club, but the above deals mentioned, and of course the arrival of Cisse show they are prepared to spend money.

We have to wait and see just how healthy the figures are in the next few weeks but there's a chance that the Magpies will do more than break even.

Going into the last 24 hours, it's got to be a case of "never say never" when it comes to a player being sold, player movement elsewhere (like at Anfield with Torres last year) might spark a bid for a Toon player.

If Ashley gets the chance to play transfer brinkmanship and make another roaring profit, he's likely to push teams all the way to get it.

Tomorrow we'll see Sky's glossy and at times overcooked coverage of over-rated players being linked with Newcastle.

But the result most people are looking for is Demba Ba, Cheick Tiote, Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini all staying, and perhaps that defender through the door at the death.

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Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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