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Pardew still targeting new striker
Published : 14 Jul 2011 15:30:11
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew insists the cash to buy a top-class striker is still available as he attempts to push through a deal.
On the day that club owner Mike Ashley's Sports Direct business announced profits of £200.4million, the Magpies were attempting to land the frontman they believe they need before the start of the new Barclays Premier League season next month.
Paris St Germain's Mevlut Erding remains among their targets despite suggestions at the weekend that he intends to stay in France, but having missed out on Kevin Gameiro and Gervinho, Pardew wants to make a breakthrough soon. He said: "I don't really want to mention names, but all strikers who are available, we are keeping a close eye on."
He added: "It's important that we keep bolstering the team as best we can. We have obviously been looking for a striker - we are still bidding for a striker as we speak - so we are doing all we can to get the right players for Newcastle.
"It's not easy, it's not an easy market - strikers are always the most difficult to get across the line - but we are working hard on it."
Pardew hinted last week that he hoped to recruit two attack-minded players to supplement new additions Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux and Mehdi Abeid, but admitted that his remaining transfer activity will depend on the outcome of his striker search.
He said: "It depends, really, on the attacker that we hope to secure. There has been talk of the money we have got in and where has it been spent, et cetera, et cetera.
"But you would be surprised with the deals we have done, it actually amounts to a fair bit.
"We have got enough to bring a striker in of the right ilk for this football club, and that's what we need to focus on.
"When we secure that player, then we will look again."