ALAN Pardew says Newcastle United’s squad is “full up” – and questioned whether another striker is needed at St James’s Park.
Newcastle have signed nine players, though two signings have been loaned back to Nottingham Forest.
The hope on Tyneside is that a senior striker will also arrive before the transfer window closes on September 1 to replace last season’s 14-goal loanee Loic Remy, who was among their early targets.
But Pardew has suggested that United’s transfer business could be complete – and that the team is good to go in the Premier League – unless there are any outgoings.
The 53-year-old – whose side open its campaign with a home game against Manchester City tomorrow (kick-off 4pm) – is looking to move on Hatem Ben Arfa, while the futures of Gabriel Obertan, Gael Bigirimana, Shane Ferguson and Jonas Gutierrez also seemingly lie away from St James’s Park.
However, should a player leave, it would free up a place on his “roster”.
Asked by SportMail if he needed another striker, Pardew said: “I don’t think we’re short of anything because if I look at my roster, it’s full up.
“I actually haven’t got a spare place on the roster. I think, ideally, managers always want more players, and they always want more quality, but I’m not going to bemoan where I’m at.
“We’ve got good strikers in the building.
“But I don’t think that in terms of us in the transfer market it’s something we’ve completely given up on.
“We’re still looking at it and we’ve got our finger on the pulse. We’ve done that very well this summer.”
Pardew has worked closely with newly-appointed managing director Lee Charnley and chief scout Graham Carr over the past few months.
“Myself, Lee Charnley and Graham Carr have known about every transfer that’s gone through,” he added.
United were this week linked with a move for City defender Micah Richards, who is looking to restart his career away from Eastlands.
But Pardew is adamant that there has been no movement on incomings – or outgoings – in recent days.
“I don’t want to talk about speculation – that’s all it is,” he said. “We’ve been linked with a number of players. So where do I stop and start with that?
“At the moment we’ve a group and they’re all Newcastle players at the moment.
“There’s no-one imminently coming into this building at the moment. We’ve got a good group and I’m getting on with that at the moment.”
Cheik Tiote and Siem de Jong have both been ruled out of the clash with Man City.
The pair have been struggling with hamstring and calf injuries respectively.
De Jong’s debut could come at Aston Villa on August 23.
“Siem should be back against Villa, it’s another week for Cheik, although nothing too serious,” said Pardew.
“Papiss (Demba Cisse) is working with us again, although (Davide) Santon is a little more long term.
“We’re not that far away from a full strength squad.
“We’ll cope without Tiote and De Jong because we’ve known for a few days they would not be playing.
“They’ll be a miss, but we’ll be able to cope and it’s nice to say that this season.”