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CHN Links: Monday Edition

Good morning, Toon Army. You over the FA Cup defeat yet? Me neither.

News & HSOs
Alan Pardew's excuse for the embarassing performance against Stevenage on Saturday is that the team was tired. Really? (BPL Official Site)

Kevin Nolan apologized for Saturday's loss and offered an opinion about Cheik Tiote's red card. (MirrorFootball)

The FA will investigate the assault on Stevenage defender Scott Laird by one of the team's supporters. (Sky Sports)

Shola Ameobi is set to switch his international allegiance from England to Nigeria. Bill Mills of MirrorFootball describes it as a "blow" for Newcastle, which is of course ridiculous.

Alan Pardew wants to keep Alan Smith despite interest from Leeds United. (Steph Clark, The Northern Echo)

Haris Vuckic has signed a five and a half year deal. (Lee Ryder, The Chronicle)

Alan Pardew doesn't think he will add more than two players in the transfer window. (Sky Sports)

Steven Taylor will not play against the mackems on Sunday due to a thigh injury. No meerkats were harmed in the writing of this story. (Alan Oliver, The People)

Alan Pardew wants more out of Nile Ranger, and apparently he's not above talking to the media to motivate his young player. (Mark Douglas, The Sun)

Marc Duffy of ESPN Soccernet grades Alan Pardew following his first 5 games at the helm.

Transfer Rumors
28 year-old center back Mauricio Victorino wants to move to the Premier League and is reportedly being courted by Newcastle and Blackburn Rovers. (The Mail)

The Gunners are reportedly interested in bringing Sol Campbell over for a third stint with the club. (John Richardson, The Express)

Manchester United are sniffing around Jose Enrique. (Alan Nixon and Alan Oliver, MirrorFootball)