Newcastle Utd still searching for striker

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NEWCASTLE United’s search for striking reinforcements could go to the wire.

The club’s bid to bring Bafetimbi Gomis to St James’s Park has stalled.

Newcastle have had a £7m bid for the Olympique Lyonnais striker accepted, but the move has seemingly broken down over the fees and commissions due to Gomis and his agents from both clubs.

United’s only signing so far has been Loic Remy, who has joined on a £2m season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers.

The club, which also has an interest in Aston Villa’s Darren Bent, is exploring other options.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew wouldn’t be drawn on the club’s efforts to sign Gomis after Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Braga at St James’s Park.

However, he feels there won’t be much movement in the transfer market this week given that many players will be on international duty.

And the odds are slim on Pardew having a new player involved for United’s season-opener against Manchester City on August 19, with Remy sidelined with a calf problem.

“When players are away on international duty, it’s difficult to do a transfer,” Pardew said.

“I think there’ll be hardly any activity this week.

“All the managers will accept this is what they have this week, and will go with the teams they have.

“They’ll look towards the end of the window, and look at the first three Premier League games and see if they need to make an incision in that market to improve the team.”

Despite the acquisition of Remy, Pardew feels he still needs to sign at least one more striker before the transfer window closes on September 2.

“I still think we’re light at the top of the pitch,” he said.

“It showed a little bit more against Braga. We have no Remy because he’s injured, but he’ll make an impact for us.

“I still think it will be nice to improve that before the window shuts.”

Asked about Remy and Bent, Pardew added: “I don’t like to mention any player, but we’re in the process of finding an offensive player – or two.”

Meanwhile, Pardew has arranged a behind-closed-doors game against Liverpool tomorrow to top-up the fitness of a number of his players, including midfielder Yohan Cabaye.