Manager Justin Edinburgh wants Newport County January additions

Justin Edinburgh
Justin Edinburgh replaced Anthony Hudson as Newport boss in October

Justin Edinburgh insists Newport County need "two or three" new signings in the January transfer window to boost their Blue Square Bet Premier survival bid.

The County boss admits new signings "will be difficult" as Newport chairman Chris Blight revealed the club finances have been hit by a drop in gate income.

But Blight said the and TV income ensured the Newport manager can add to his squad.

"I feel we need two or three fresh faces," said Edinburgh.

County are just outside the relegation zone on goal difference but have a game in hand on Alfreton Town and Kettering Town, who also have 22 points.

The Exiles could have risen to 18th with victory over bottom side Bath City on Tuesday but the 3-2 defeat means Newport have won just four times since .

The former Tottenham Hotspur defender, however, has helped guide County out of the drop zone but has already stated that some players are fighting his regime.

But Edinburgh feels the Welsh club need reinforcements if they are to avoid slipping back into the Blue Square Bet South division after just two seasons in the top-flight of non-League football.

"A lot of players have come here in the summer and some, not all, have not lived up to expectations," said Edinburgh.

"And it disappoints me at times when we have players here who, even if they're not producing, they could work a little bit harder than they do.

"We are the instigators of our own downfall and that's what frustrates me.

"Unfortunately we have certain players that are doing it time and time again and what I have to do is get them out and bring other ones in."

And Blight has told Edinburgh that he will get the financial backing of the Newport board to bolster his squad.

"We must try to assist Justin with his shopping list," Blight said in a statement.

"He has been busy scouring for new blood and several players are identified as targets to join our squad.

"We had a very positive meeting and have given permission to Justin to start negotiations when the window opens.

"I am sure that we will all respect that our manager would like to put his own stamp on his squad and this is the first real opportunity for him to do that."

But Blight could not rule out further player sales as left-back Andrew Hughes has been linked with a move away from Spytty Park.

"The possibility of some leaving - well who knows yet?" added Blight.

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