Alan Pardew: “We still need a defender.
“Don’t forget that – I haven’t lost sight on that.
“We’re working hard on that to bring one in.
“But we still have to be on guard to protect our top players too.
“The top Champions League clubs could still come in and take one of our players.
“We have to be on guard.
"Having said that as long as we react as we have been doing and replace with as ‘as good as’ if not better, then we will be all right.
"It’s when you replace with ‘not so good’ you have a problem.”