Report: Newcastle will not target a striker in January

Newcastle were reportedly keen on signing a new striker in January.

The Magpies started the season with Papiss Cisse and Ayoze Perez as the only out-and-out centre forwards in their squad.

Heading into October with the Tyneside club struggling at the bottom end of the Premier League table, manager Alan Pardew had already started to draw up a shortlist of strikers to target over the January transfer window - with the coach admitting that he wanted to bring an extra striker in over the summer before the window closed.

Along with a new central defender, a forward was the main target for Pardew, but a change of circumstances in recent weeks has seen the 53-year-old hold off formalising any targets, deciding to look towards the summer transfer window instead.

Papiss Cisse has started to find form again, and the rise to prominence of Ayoze Perez has taken the need off a new forward at St James' Park, and the Chronicle has reported that any business will likely be done to poach players ahead of the start of next season.

Andre-Pierre Gignac is out of contract at the close of the season, and the report indicates that Pardew will be looking at poaching the Frenchman as early as possible to prevent him securing a deal elsewhere. The club attempted to do the same with Bafetimbi Gomis last January, but when he showed no desire to move to St James' Park, they changed their focus onto other targets.

With goals still at a premium in the Magpies ranks, it is hard to see why Pardew would rule out signing a new forward in January, but he may believe that the returning Siem de Jong can come into the side with a high goal return. There are risks involved - with an injury to either Perez or Cisse removing the biggest threat in the side from action - but the head coach is aware of what he is doing, and he must have faith that his side can achieve a top 10 finish with the striking talents at their his disposal.

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