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Pardew could sign one more player

16 Aug 2012 17:47:22

Pardew could sign one more player

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is satisfied with the way the transfer window has gone for him so far - although he admits getting another player in before it closes would be "the icing on the cake".

The Magpies confirmed their fourth new signing of the summer in midfielder Vurnon Anita, the 23-year-old Holland international joining from Ajax on a five-year contract.

Speaking about the Anita deal at a pre-match press conference ahead of Newcastle's Barclays Premier League opener at home against Tottenham this weekend, Pardew said: "It was pleasing. Ajax are a fantastic club and to take a player out of there is difficult, especially one of their better players."

Anita follows the arrivals of midfielders Romain Amalfitano and Gael Bigirimana and defender Curtis Good, and Pardew said he would "not mind" if trading were to now cease, particularly given the key players he has so far managed to hang on to.

With the option to do more business still open to him until the end of the month, though, the 51-year-old remains hopeful of making a further addition to his squad.

Pardew added: "So I thank Mike (Ashley, the Newcastle owner) and the board for getting that over the line because we needed an extra player. We might need another one yet, but for sure that has strengthened us.

"I wouldn't mind it (the transfer window) closing now - I'd be quite happy to keep all my players. But if we manage to add another one that would be the icing on the cake really."

Asked if the possibility might still be there to sign Lille's France full-back Mathieu Debuchy, for whom Newcastle have already had bids rejected, Pardew said: "I think, like with all transfers this summer, no-one is going to say it's over or done until September 1, when we all either have a deep sigh of relief - which I might do - or we are rubbing our hands together over what has been a great window.

"For us, so far it has been a good one. We haven't lost any of our great players and have brought in three or four, so so far, so good."


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