NUFC pleased with Europa draw

Newcastle United have said that they are pleased with their Europa League tie with Russia's Anzhi Makhachkala.

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Pardew: "Anzhi have different agenda"

Alan Pardew says tonight's UEFA Europa League opponents Anzhi Makhachkala have a different agenda to Newcastle United in terms of their recruitment policy.

Bankrolled by billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov, the Russian club have signed a host of established stars in recent years. The most notable being Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o from Inter Milan for 28 million euros (£24 million) in August 2011.

In contrast, the Magpies have preferred to invest in younger talent from overseas.

Speaking ahead of this evening's last-16 first-leg, Pardew said their opponents have stars who "have been world class players and now are trying to take a new club forward."

He added: "We're all about young players coming in on the up who haven't achieved that greatness yet, and that makes it an intriguing game."

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