ALAN Pardew’s hasn’t given up hope of having a new signing in his starting XI at Manchester City – after Loic Remy was all but ruled out of the fixture.
Remy this week signed for Newcastle United on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers.
But the 26-year-old striker’s unlikely to be involved at the City of Manchester City on August 19 because of a calf problem.
Pardew is keen for the club - which has had a bid accepted by Olympique Lyonnais for Bafetimbi Gomis - to sign another forward.
The Gomis deal, however, is being held up by wranging over agents’ fees and commissions, and Lyon owner Jean-Michel Aulas has claimed that “some people are trying to derail the deal”.
United drew 1-1 against Rangers at Ibrox last night, and chances were few and far between for striker Papiss Demba Cisse.
Pardew felt the game underlined the need for another striking reinforcement.
“We need more firepower,” Pardew said. “We needed that other option to Papiss.
“Shola (Ameobi) is coming on nicely, and Gouff (Yoan Gouffran) is coming on too.
“We have a nice little pool there now. Hopefully, we still have another player to come in, maybe two.”
Remy turned down a move to United in January, and opted instead to sign for QPR, who went on to be relegated.
And some fans have questioned the wisdom of signing a player who had previously rejected a move to St James’s Park.
“I’m not going to say what the reasons were when he didn’t arrive in the first place, but he’s here now,” said Pardew.
“I don’t think it was about turning us down. Sometimes it’s a business decision.
“That was taken. This time I think it is the right football decision for him to come to us. We are at the right stage for him.
“We will whet the appetite for him with 50,000 Geordies here to welcome him (before Saturday’s game against Braga). Our fans can look forward to seeing him.
“The problem we have is that he’s got a calf injury. We weren’t under the knowledge that he hadn’t trained for three weeks. So really and truly, he needs a bit of a pre-season.
“We’ll have to cram it in somehow. I think it would be unfair on the other players if he jumped ahead of them if he wasn’t right.
“He has a lot of work to do in a short amount of time.
“I don’t think he will make Manchester City, but he could be in condition enough to make the bench, and certainly make West Ham (on August 24).”