ALAN Pardew returned to his desk at Newcastle United today – confident the club can complete its remaining transfer business.
Pardew (pictured right) and his players were back for the first full day of pre-season training.
There’s work to be done on and off the pitch between now and the start of the new Premier League season on August 18.
Newcastle’s only acquisition so far is the low-key signing of 22-year-old midfielder Romain Amalfitano, who joined from Reims on a free transfer, while Danny Guthrie, Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands and Alan Smith have all left St James’s Park.
And the bulk of the club’s incoming transfer business is yet to be done.
However, United are confident of a breakthrough in the coming days, with work ongoing to bring Lille’s Mathieu Debuchy to St James’s Park, and bids on the table for other players, among them FC Twente striker Luuk de Jong.
“We’re working on a few things,” Pardew told SportMail.
“I know this time last year we’d brought in a couple of players (Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye), but we’re very much in the market at the moment.
“We’re planning to bring in a couple of players, for sure.”
Pardew’s also looking to strengthen the club’s development squad after a summer clearout, with Coventry City’s teenage midfielder Gael Bigirimana one player that is interesting Newcastle.
While United officials pursue transfer targets, Pardew and his assistant, John Carver, will have begun preparations for the new campaign on the training field.
Pardew’s players have undergone fitness tests in small groups over the past three days ahead of the first day proper of pre-season training, with only those who have been on international duty absent.
“It’ll be nice to see everyone again after the holidays,” said Pardew. “I’m looking forward to the first day.
“We’ve got plenty of time. We’ve got to make sure we’re ready for Tottenham, and the sports science team are in charge of that.
“Me and John Carver have to make sure the players, tactically and technically, know what we’re doing this season.”