Alan Pardew not upset by Newcastle United signing no players

NO HAR-TOON TIME: Mick Hardford has turned down Newcastle
NO HAR-TOON TIME: Mick Hardford has turned down Newcastle

ALAN Pardew insists he isn’t worried about Newcastle United’s lack of progress in the transfer market - despite the signings made elsewhere.

Newcastle are the only Premier League club who are yet to sign a senior player.

And the lack of activity on Tyneside is in stark contrast to the business already done on Wearside, with the number of arrivals at Sunderland almost in double figures.

While supporters are becoming increasingly frustrated, Pardew is hopeful he will get the players he needs.

There could be a breakthrough this week, with United in talks with Olympique Lyonnais over a move for striker Bafetimbi Gomis.

“Some clubs have brought in players that I wouldn’t bring to this club,” Pardew said. “I wouldn’t read too much into that.

“Strikers are the hardest deals to do. I’m hoping for some good news this week.”

Pardew, whose side face Pacos de Ferreira in Portugal tonight, is being kept informed of progress back in England.

Director of football Joe Kinnear has been involved in a series of meetings aimed at ending the impasse.

However, the club’s search for a striker was briefly overshadowed by Kinnear’s attempts to appoint former Newcastle and Sunderland striker Mick Harford as his assistant.

Harford, a coach at Millwall, yesterday claimed he had turned the post down after discussions with Kinnear and owner Mike Ashley.

“After meeting with Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear, I made the hard decision that it is not the right time for me to take up this role,” said Sunderland-born Harford.

“It was an honour to be asked to work at a fantastic club and I have the utmost respect for Newcastle United and the fans.

“I am currently enjoying a role helping out at Millwall, but would like to thank Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear for the opportunity.”

Harford would have been tasked with scouring the lower divisions for talent.