Newcastle spell out this season’s ‘minimum’ Premier League target

TARGET ... Newcastle boss Alan Pardew.
TARGET ... Newcastle boss Alan Pardew.
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NEWCASTLE United are looking for a top-10 finish in the Premier League – at the very least.

The club finished 10th last season despite a dismal second half to the campaign.

And supporter representatives were told at this week’s Fans Forum that a top-half finish is the “minimum target”.

Alan Pardew’s side – who take on Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Sunday – are 18th in the league after eight games.

Asked if the club had revised its targets after its poor start to the season, a representative said: “The minimum target this season is to finish in the top 10 of the Premier League.”

Pardew said earlier this month that the club “might need to do something” in January’s transfer window.

And fans at the meeting were told “additional attacking players had been pursued” in the summer.

A United representative added that the club is “continuing to look at potential targets”, but stressed that there could be “no guarantee” of more signings in January.

The loan of defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa to AS Roma on transfer deadline day was also addressed at the Fans Forum.

Both the decision to let Yanga-Mbiwa leave, and the lack of an incoming replacement, were contentious.

The minutes of the meeting read: “The move was sanctioned in the interests of all parties.

“The club added that it had initially reached a verbal agreement for a replacement defender in the summer.

“Because the deal with Roma took longer than expected, the replacement transfer was no longer possible.”

Newcastle also revealed that summer signings Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow could not be recalled from their season-long loan at former club Nottingham Forest.

Meanwhile, fans were also told that £18m of a £29m loan made to the club by owner Mike Ashley in the wake of relegation “remains outstanding”.

United also insisted that merchandising revenues from its “retail partnership” with Sports Direct go to the club.