Alan Pardew must be back at his office at Benton preparing for the pre-season, which will start up in a couple of weeks time, and he has again been interviewed in the Chronicle today.
Alan Pardew – doing everything we can
Alan was asked about how the transfer dealings are coming along:
“The key signings, the strikers, are obviously the toughest ones to get over the line.” “They kind of hedge their bets a little bit and we have got a little bit of that going on.”
“They will all start securing up when pre-season is back in swing and they are focused on clubs.” “That’s when we start to see real activity.”
“We’re doing everything we can at the moment to be in the loop with the ones that we want to be in the loop with, and hopefully we will get the signings we want.”
We have signed Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez at the moment, but we were expecting a lot more players to have been signed by now – but Newcastle seem to have been knocked back by a number of our top targets.
The unfortunate thing about that is we will have to go down the list of our targets, and our signings will not be our top ones.
And we need to get some strikers in quickly since Papiss Cisse, who is still recovering from a broken knee-cap, is the only senior striker we have at Newcastle at the moment.
Loic Remy, Shola Ameobi and Luuk de Jong all left, and Papiss didn’t particularly have a good goal-scoring season last term either.
We have been linked with Hertha Berlin striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Burnley’s Danny Ings, Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Heerenveen’s Alfred Finnbogason, Lyon striker Alexandre Lacazette, Enner Valencia of Mexican club Pachuca, and long term target Bafe Gomis, but no success yet in the striker department.
What do you think?