ALAN Pardew says Newcastle United are playing a waiting game – with transfer market at a World Cup standstill.
The Magpies have already signed midfielder Jack Colback and forward Ayoze Perez.
Colback joined on a free transfer from Sunderland, while Perez signed from Tenerife for a reported £1.8million.
Newcastle are also understood to be working on a deal for 22-year-old Hertha Berlin striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who is also wanted by Hamburg.
United manager Pardew says the club’s priority is striking reinforcements after the departures of long-serving Shola Ameobi and loanee Loic Remy.
However, there is an impasse in the transfer market because of the World Cup in Brazil.
And Pardew feels the tournament will prove “critical” to a number of clubs, including Newcastle, given the impact it will have on the price of competing players.
“We got two in quickly, which was good,” Pardew told SportMail. “And we now need to get a couple of strikers in.
“It’s a good start, but we’ve got to cover some areas, particularly scoring goals.
“A lot of clubs and agents are waiting to see how players fare in the World Cup. That will have an influence on the price.
“The World Cup is critical to a number of clubs, including us.”
Pardew would not be drawn on United’s targets.
However, United have a longstanding interest in Montpellier’s attacking midfielder Remy Cabella.
Cabella was called up into the France squad after Lyon’s Clement Grenier, a previous target, pulled out through injury.
The 24-year-old is understood to be interested in a move to Newcastle, despite some strident criticism of the club from Montpellier’s outspoken president Louis Nicollin.
Meanwhile, the Premier League yesterday published its fixtures for the coming campaign.
United will play champions Manchester City on the opening weekend of the season.
However, Newcastle’s next encounter with one of last term’s top four isn’t until November 1, when Liverpool visit St James’s Park.
The first derby is not until December 20, when Sunderland are on Tyneside.
“The first game is a tough game, but our first run of games is good,” said Pardew, whose side were beaten 4-0 by City at the Etihad Stadium in their opening fixture last season.
“We’ve not played well against Man City in recent seasons. I don’t think we’ve come close to toppling them.
“But they are the champions coming off the back of a World Cup, and it’s a chance for us to get that right.”
– MILES STARFORTH