Alan Pardew has said today that money is tight at Newcastle, but it’s always been tight under Mike Ashley, but that news will still not please Newcastle fans, who have seen our team be only a shadow of the side we were last season.
“I would like, if possible, to have a player with real power and pace. Sometimes, we lack a little bit of pace.”
“Gabriel Obertan brings that to the team, but when Gabby is not in the team, that’s something I would like to see in the player that comes in because that will help Papiss, and also somebody who is going to threaten at set-plays because it has been a weakness for us.
“But it’s easy to say what I would really like – it’s what I can get in this window and the options are not numerous. There are only a few players, really, who are available.”
“The money is tight here in terms of how we spend it. We try to get the best possible deal for the club.” “But we do have to take into consideration where we are. We are under no illusions that we are now in a battle to secure our Premier League status for next year, and we make no bones about that.”
“The trick really is to get our best players on the pitch, we know that, but in the short term, one or two reinforcements would go a long way to helping.”
Pardew is in a meeting with Managing Director Derek Llambias and Secretary Lee Charnley this afternoon to discuss transfer targets, and to put in place the strategy to bring at least three good players into the club this month.
Lille full-back Mathieu Debuchy underwent his medical on Tyneside today, and Sky Sports has reported he passed it – but no official word yet from the club.
And Alan Pardew has again stressed that money is limited in the Newcastle coffers, but if we keep our powder dry in January, we could be playing second division football next season – that’s how serious this situation is.
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