St James’ Park boss plots summer spending.
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Alan Pardew has told talkSPORT Newcastle are hoping to bring in four or five new signings for next season.
The Magpies boss saysMike Ashley is yet to tell him how much money he has to spend this summer, but that the £35million thay banked from Andy Carroll’s move to Liverpool will be reinvested in the club.
Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show, Pardew said: “This summer is a big summer for us.
“Everybody is going to looking at who we bring in and what types of player. I’d like to think my record in the transfer market is pretty good and that we can get the right type of players for what is a fantastic club.
“Mike Ashley hasn’t told me how much I’ve got to spend, he made it clear when Andy [Carroll] went that that money will be reinvested in the squad and I have no doubt that it will be.
“I have no doubt about getting some money; transfers are very, very complicated though. We started the process as soon as I arrived and there’s some great scouting at this club. Graham Carr, who brought in Cheick Tiote has got some fantastic eyes.
“Sometimes there’s five or six clubs involved and with the agent’s manoeuvres, they want to get the best possible deal. Sometimes it takes four or five months to get someone.
“Our process has started already for next season and we want to get them here as quick as we can because we’re going to bring in four or five players and we need to bed them in as quickly as possible.”
With one win in eight Alan Pardew will be worrying which way the season could end for the Magpies. In an increasingly congested Premier League a few defeats or indeed wins can make all the difference between a push towards the top six or a relegation battle. Newcastle United are just six points from the relegation zone and the club still have to face Man United, Chelsea and Liverpool as well as tricky trips to Stoke, Blackpool and Aston Villa.
The club is having to depend very heavily on Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands for goals and even brought back Shola Ameobi back wearing a protective mask to help boost the club’s strike force and it will be attacking third that Pardew will be most keen to address if and when he is handed funds by Mike Ashley this summer.
The signs are there that the club’s owner is willing to put his money where his very big mouth is, offering Cheik Tiote a big contract to ward off interest from Chelsea and Pardew seems like he is the man for the job even though many would still argue that Chris Hughton should never have been axed in the first place.
As well as making new additions Newcastle United will also have to make sure they keep hold of their most effective players and that means keeping Jose Enrique from being whisked away to Liverpool or AC Milan as well as the likes of Joey Barton and Jonas Gutierrez who have both been strongly linked with interest from abroad.