Date: 26th June 2006 at 4:00pm
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Alan Shearer says manager Glenn Roeder will have to get Freddy Shepherd to flash the cash this summer, as United go into a new league campaign paper-thin up front.

Shearer: ‘There’s no question we’re terribly thin now with my retirement, the long-term injury to Michael Owen, and the departure of Michael Chopra.
There’s only Shola Ameobi left and that means Newcastle will need to be active in the transfer market.

‘I’m devastated for Michael, for Newcastle, and for England. It’s a terrible injury which I wouldn’t wish on anybody – but he’ll be back.

‘I’m seeing an awful lot of games out here and I’m speaking to Glenn on a regular basis over names of players who could do a job for Newcastle. As things stand there is a need to buy as soon as possible once the World Cup is over.’