Pardew hints at more signings: 'We're watching the market'

Alan Pardew

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has hinted at further signings before the September 1 transfer deadline.

The Magpies boss has been busy in the transfer window so far bringing in no fewer than nine players to St James' Park to ease some of the fan fury that greeted the club after they failed to replace Yohan Cabaye in January.

The Newcastle boss has so far brought Remy Cabella, Jack Colback, Facundo Ferreyra, Daryl Janmaat, Siem de Jong, Ayoze Perez and Emmanuel Riviere to the club, while Karl Darlow and Jamal Lascelles will stay with Nottingham Forest for the coming campaign.

Loic Remy has returned to Queens Park Rangers following the end of his loan spell, while Luuk de Jong and Shola Ameobi also left the club.

Pardew's side is undoubtedly stronger than it was 12 months ago, and that is something the Newcastle boss was keen to stress when speaking to the Chronicle.

However, he also admitted that the transfer market will be closely monitored by the club as the deadline draws ever closer.

Speaking after watching his side slip to a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City in their opening Premier League game on Sunday, he said: "I think for us we will watch the market but we definitely have a bigger squad with much more options.

"We were missing key players. Tiote, Ryan Taylor, Davide Santon and Siem de Jong are nice options.

"I am kind of pleased in a way even though we’ve lost. We have a good structure and a break here and there wouldn’t go a miss. We will go to the next game and I am sure if we work as hard as that, we’ll get one."

Colback, Riviere, Cabella and Janmaat all made their debuts against City, as Perez made his bow from the bench late on and the new-look Magpies were unfortunate not to get anything from the game against the champions.

They huffed and puffed but were unable to break down the formidable back-line of Manuel Pellegrini's side, but the signs were certainly encouraging for Pardew and Newcastle's fans.

Newcastle continue their Premier League campaign with a visit to Aston Villa on Saturday.

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