Pardew – We Are Actively Pursuing Two Or Three Players

After the disappointment of missing out on one of our top three striker targets this summer – Darren Bent has today gone to Fulham on a season long loan deal – Alan Pardew is still hopeful of getting two more players through the door before the transfer window slams shut on Monday, September 2nd – a short 17 days away.

Alan Pardew at Rangers shouting

Alan Pardew – wants two more players this summer

But it seems at least manager Alan Pardew wants to sign some additional players this summer, and this is what he told the local press today:

“We’ve been actively pursuing two or three players.” “And we’re still looking to get one or two more transfers in.” “But we’ve got a good squad, and we’re in good fettle.”

We may be in fine fettle, but we are still short of striking power up front, and that was our big weakness in the second half of last season, when Demba Ba left and was not replaced in January.

So Newcastle must bring in one more top striker to join Loic Remy on Tyneside – that’s an absolute necessity, and then maybe we can get another player through the door, but who that may be we have no idea.

And on BBC Radio Alan Pardew also made the following comment, which is just a little bit worrying:

“I don’t see a lot of late business for us, but I do think we need to get another striker in.”

So maybe the best Newcastle fans  can expect this summer  is one more striker brought in – and that’s got to be the absolute minimum requirement.

But Newcastle must do some  transfer business in the next 17 days, otherwise this window will be as bad as last summer’s,  when we brought in only one senior signing – Vurnon Anita.

And we paid for that big time last season, and the club had to bring in five new Frenchmen in January, and that’s really what saved us from relegation – if the truth be told.

If we do the same thing this summer, then that opens it up for Newcastle to have  another mediocre season, or even another poor season – and the very last thing we want this season is to be fighting relegation again.

I suppose we’ll be satisfied if we can get one more good striker through the door in the next 17 days – we’ll have to be. 😀

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253 comments so far

  • noladonna

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #1

    granted we are in pretty decent shape but still not actually signing someone is just a joke really, but still can’t wait for Monday bring it on

  • Rooster

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #2

    We tried all we could but couldn’t get them over the line! Q the winter window and cheaper price.

  • wolfshead@toon

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #3

    nufc 11

    re demba ashley has his rules and sticks rigidly to them even if it means going over the cliff it seems

  • Slank

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #4

    I have my doubts as to whether Bent was in the ‘A’ list. May be the ‘If all else fails A list’.

    If Bent was that good why didn’t Fulham buy him?

    If Fulham were looking for a good forward why didn’t they go for Remy?

  • Greebol1892

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #5

    Still mentioning Bent then. Good. Let’s have more articles about Bent – a player that will NEVER join us because of his wage demands……

    We won’t sign anyone until January when Ashley absolutely has to, to save us from relegation – same as last season.

    Looking forward to Monday night, as I always do with every match. However, Pardew is on borrowed time until JK takes over from him.

  • Thump

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Does anybody have the stats for how many players we registered last season vs. how many players actually played? From what I remember we registered a 23 man squad and used maybe 18 max on a regular basis.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #7

    A really fast winger who can cross the ball would a good idea. In fact one for each side would work. We so lacking in pace and width.

  • Banjo

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #8

    hate it usually when people pull names out of thin air who we should get, but Finnbogason of Heerenveen seems someone who i reckon we could get. Wanted by Celtic so Champions League football but looks quite the poacher and would cost at the most £6 million, scored 27 in 33 in the Eridivisie

  • Thump

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #9

    @Banjo: I thought Celtic gave up on him?

  • toon kk

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #10

    Last summers transfer window is being repeated. Pardews already saying we’re in good shape, knowing probably no one is coming in. MA wants to save money. Maybe get a couple in January if we Need to.

  • Banjo

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #11


    I’ve no clue! Any reason why?

  • nufc 11

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #12

    The way we opeate now is to throw out the wages and fee’s on the table and go on our way the selling clubs use this with other interested clubs see if they will better it and we all stand back and wait we def are the haggle kings now I suppose we were as soft a touch as can be before wen buying lumps for fortunes not anymore eh extremly fustrating for fans tho.

  • jazzyp

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #13

    I keep hearing we are in better shape but god forbid take Cisse out the game of the season through injury and we are truly screwed.
    Take Ba’s contribution out of the equation and we would have no doubt as depressing as it is been playing championship football this season.
    It is obvious Mr Ashley doesn’t want to put any of his Wonga in to the club and me personally think he is playing a very dangerous game with the club.

  • Shadow_Shearer

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Alan, joe, mike, your all taking the piss!! Same story over and over, same as last season and season b4. Then your gonna say we couldn’t get them over the line. Only one who deserves credit for doin his job properly is graham carr!

  • Byker Boy

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Exactly the same mistakes as last year, unbelievable, we just avoided relegation and we are now in worse shape. Thank you oh wise one !

  • voice of raisin

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #16

    The club is actually beyond a joke

  • toonluvva

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #17

    We need less talk and posturing in the press, and some REAL action in the transfer window.

    Of course JoKe is on the job, so I’m not confident of anything happening.

  • bzak12

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #18

    Pardew deserves all the stick that will be coming his way, no confidence that this season will be any improvement on last. I also hope JFK knows whats coming his way ill health or not.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #19

    I posted this before, but it’s worth comparing our squad to Everton and realising we’re not really that bad…

    Newcastle Everton
    GK Krul Howard
    GK Elliott Robles
    GK Alnwick Springthorpe
    CB Colo Jagielka
    CB MYM Distin
    CB Saylor Alcaraz
    CB Willo Heitinga
    FB Santon Baines
    FB Debuchy Coleman
    FB Haidara Hibbert
    FB Dummett Stones
    CM Cabaye Fellaini
    CM Anita Osman
    CM Sissoko Pienaar
    CM Tiote Gibson
    CM Gosling Junior
    CM Bigi Barkley
    AM/Wing Ben Arfa Miralles
    AM/Wing Jonas Deulofeu
    AM/Wing Marv Oviedo
    AM/Wing Obertan Gueye
    Forward Cisse Jelavic
    Forward Remy Kone
    Forward Goofy Naismith
    Forward Ameobi Anichebe

    They don’t have a first team 3rd choice goalie either and some of their players are very green too. They have an excellent first 11 (probably slightly better than ours) but I don’t believe they have as much depth as us.

  • numba9

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #20

    Were Newcastle and were gonna sign f##k4ll gonna sign f##k41l

  • Heslop Toon

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #21

    If we are actually persuing 2 or 3 players then we must be the only club in the premier league who the media decide not to track the transfer activity of. I mean there has been no recent news of bid for players other than bent (who is gone) and Gomis (who we have been persuing since the start of the transfer window) that I know of.
    More likely we are just trying to extend shola’s contract.

  • Toon Tang

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #22

    actively pursuing doesn’t mean sat at home watching youtube vids pards mate. now sign a few players or I’ll tell true geordie where ya live

  • bosamuelson

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #23

    Has anyone seen this. Is he stoned or something, looks like it.

    Rednap what a tool!!

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #24

    We signed 5 in January who now have a pre-season under their belts and another 1 on-loan this summer and we’re still complaining. Meanwhile Man Utd and Arsenal are still waiting for a single first team signing…

    And if you think the pressures at those clubs are any less, you’re crazy. Their goals may be a bit higher but there’s still the same pressure.

    Just putting things into perspective…

  • luke.r

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #25

    Anybody actually got any idea who we’d be speaking to then?

  • stu mel

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #26

    Newcastle do there best business on the quite and there worst out loud, so I still have a slither of hope left for my beloved club please prove me right to have enduring faith ha ha

  • check the toastie

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #27

    I think the squad is good and believe we should have a good year, 100% agree with Pardew.

    Up front we Have – Cisse, Remy, Goofy, and the potential to play Ben Arfa/Marv/Cabaye in behind a single striker. 3 decent options for up top and plenty of creativity in behind.

    Pardew will continue to use Joans and Shola however as he needs a big man to have a successful side. Ba and Bent is when his team were successful. Has no idea on how to get a team to play the ball on the deck.

    Man is useless and thats why i am gutted as the season starts. Replace him and i would be have been looking forward to the season.

  • Bambams

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #28

    I just heard Pards on the radio before

    ” We need to find players as good as the ones other clubs are buying for big fee’s but for a helluva lot cheaper”

    If only life wad so simple…….

    Makes you laugh when we constantly hear the “It will take huge offers to buy any of our players”…..

    Our club is run by car boot dealers!

    No one wants us to pay stupid fee’s but we need at least a pacey winger and a strong striker to hold the ball up. Still think they are waiting to sell Cabaye before we spend.


  • numba9

    Aug 16, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #29

    A loan signing that is gonna be on a rape trial and is renowned for crying off injured is not what I regard as a signing. Now pull ya cockney fingers out ya big sweaty 4ss tight Ashley

  • Tommyy

    Aug 16, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #30

    He said we WERE after 2 or 3, not anymore now we’ve lost out on Bent. We’re a shambles, they need to sort it out.

  • p

    Aug 16, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #31

    I said weeks ago that I could not see how we would overcome the wage situation with Bent + his age not being something in our transfer framework.

    A loan may have worked but since we got Remy on loan (and I did guess that as well weeks ago) it was hard to see both of them on loan.

    I still think Gomis may come, it’s just brinkmanship going on.

    Apparently Sinclair is available for loan and dependent on wages, that is a bit of a no-brainer for me given our inability to bring anyone else in.

  • jazzyp

    Aug 16, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #32

    On paper and on the field we have an excellent team I totally agree mate.
    But do you not feel that the players must know and sense the frustration and anxiety amongst the mass.
    I do hope we come out fighting for the badge this season as far to often last term we capitulated far to easy at the wrong end of the table.

  • paul24

    Aug 16, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #33


    Not sure I agree with them not having as much depth as us, there are a number of players in that list who have proven they arent good enough to be at NUFC, even as squad players. I think Everton are in better shape than us for depth, but thats just my two pence.

  • JaxtheMag

    Aug 16, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #34

    what a load of bollocks, how much longer have we got to put up with this lot running our club. we lost 4 0 at city last year they have spent 90mill, L

  • Oleg G

    Aug 16, 2013 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #35

    So which is it? “Two” OR “Three” ??????

    If he would say “Two, Three” ok. but this “or” is like he is not sure or something.

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 16, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #36


    Yeah. Well maybe the masses should stop whinging about things and look forward to the season. There’s nothing the players can do about that and I hope they’re fired up to have a great season.

    I don’t live in Newcastle now and it will be a while before I can get up for a home match but I’d be interested what the general feeling is about the club rather than believing a few vocal people on this blog who were probably whinging when SBR and KK were at the helm too…

  • numba9

    Aug 16, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #37

    Everton are in fine Fettle and look more likely to add than us

  • Slank

    Aug 16, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #38

    bosamuelson @ 23

    Does Redknapp know something we and Pardew don’t know all these incoming players to Newcastle ?

  • ToonDarnSarf

    Aug 16, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #39


    The only dubious ones I can see on the list are Alwnick (but he’s still young), Willo (and I still think he does a job), Haidara & Dummett (unproven), Gosling, Jonas & Ameobi (and I think they do their jobs too). Everton have their fair share too! Only Jelavic and Kone are any good up front and there are several players who have barely played for Everton on that list too.

  • Thump

    Aug 16, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #40

    @Banjo: Not that I remember mate. I just remember seeing an article on it a few days back.

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