And the Newcastle boss shocked the Toon Army when he said he had hopes of signing Loic Remy . even though the player snubbed him in January.
The Daily Star reports today that West Ham are hopeful of agreeing a deal with QPR to sign Remy, having already brought in Carroll from Liverpool.
Now what does that say about West Ham's ambition . and Mike Ashley's lack of it?
26-year-old Remy is one of a handful of strikers Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is interested in, having admitted he is on a shortlist along with Darren Bent and Bafetimbi Gomis.
But while others make a move, Newcastle are still in first gear.
Source: Newcastle United Mad