ALAN Pardew is adamant a Newcastle United worked hard to bring a “marquee signing” to St James’s Park in the summer – even though it would have taken the club into the red.
Newcastle signed just one senior player in the last transfer window – £2m loanee Loic Remy.
Teenager Olivier Kemen also arrived for an undisclosed fee, while Steve Harper, Danny Simpson and James Perch left, the latter for a reported £750,000 fee.
The low net spend angered fans, mindful of the huge rise in Premier League broadcast revenues and the club’s new Wonga sponsorship deal.
Supporters had hoped for significant investment in a team which battled relegation from the Premier League last season.
Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s game at Aston Villa, Pardew wouldn’t be drawn on the prospect of belated arrivals in January’s transfer window.
“I don’t want to give our fans any kind of discussion about January,” Pardew said.
“We’ll get plenty of time to talk about that leading up to it.
“Our fans wanted a marquee signing. I stated that I wanted another offensive player. Another striker would have helped us.
“I’m really happy with my strikers, but I’m a bit vulnerable to injury. But everybody has trained, and we’ve got a great team to turn up at Villa.
“We’ve got a really good side, and a good bench, a bench which can affect the game.”
What seems apparent is that owner Mike Ashley – whose Sports Direct retain chain is set to enter the FTSE 100 after a hugely profitable period – expects the club to live within its means.
As such, a big-name signing would have seen Newcastle go overdrawn, according to Pardew, who is conscious of the unhappiness of fans at the lack of investment.
“I don’t want to talk about that (January), but for the mood of everybody, it’s been tough,” said Pardew.
“They all expected a marquee signing, although I have to say a marquee signing would have taken us into our overdraft facility.
“That was something we really didn’t want to do, although there were two or three bids that went in that would have definitely put us in that.
“There was the will there, but I don’t want to say any more than that. I don’t want to affect our fans any more than they’ve been affected.
“They’re disappointed, but we still carry a team that can have a successful season.”