St James’ Park boss hopes to add new faces.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has pleaded with fans for patience over new transfers joining the club this summer.
The Toon Army have already recruited FrenchmenYohan Cabaye and Sylvain Marveaux as well as West Ham striker Demba Ba, while teenager Mehdi Abeid is seen as one for the future.
But the Magpies’ supporters are frustrated as these were mainly free signings and want to know where the £35million Newcastle received for Andy Carroll has gone.
The running joke on Tyneside is that owner Mike Ashley has spent it all in a casino but Pardew still hopes to make two more signings, at least one of them a striker.
Newcastle have tabled a bid of around £7million for Paris St Germain’s Turkish frontman Mevlut Erding, who has been in their sights for some time.
Reports today have suggested the player wants to stay in France, but this may represent a bargaining ploy.
Pardew is also monitoring Swansea full-back Neil Taylor’s situation after the Welsh club rejected an initial £1million offer.
But the remainder of Pardew’s transfer activity could depend on what happens with Jose Enrique and Joey Barton, who will return to training this week with their respective futures unresolved.
“We have got to be diligent and patient,” Pardew told BBC Radio Newcastle.
“We are starting the season with five new players – Kevin [Nolan] obviously has gone – but we are in such a better position already.
“But we are poised and I still think we can bring in maybe two more offensive players. We will have to see.”
“Ultimately in signing players, you are taking a gamble. You are bringing them to a new culture, a new club and a new league.
“You have just got to hope Graham (Carr, chief scout) and his team and myself have got it right.”