Boss Pardew: Newcastle utd ready to step up search for strikers

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

ALAN Pardew is adamant that Newcastle United are “in the loop” – and ready to step up their transfer business.

The club is looking to sign two strikers this summer.

Newcastle need to replace former loanee Loic Remy and stalwart Shola Ameobi, who has been released.

But United manager Pardew doesn’t expect there to be much movement during the World Cup.

The club looks to have missed out on Hertha Berlin’s Pierre-Michael Lasogga, who is close to Hamburg.

However, Pardew isn’t unduly concerned, with Newcastle having already made progress by signing midfielder Jack Colback from Sunderland and promising forward Ayoze Perez from Tenerife.

And he is confident the club will be in the thick of it when the transfer markets starts to move next month.

“The key signings, the strikers, are obviously the toughest ones to get over the line,” said Pardew.

“They kind of hedge their bets a little bit and we have got a little bit of that going on.

“They will all start securing up when pre-season is back in swing and they are focused on clubs.

“That’s when we start to see real activity.”

United’s efforts are being led by new managing director Lee Charnley.

And Pardew says the club are ready to move on targets when they become available.

“We’re doing everything we can at the moment to be in the loop with the ones that we want to be in the loop with,” Pardew told BBC Radio Newcastle.

“Hopefully, we will get the signings we want.”

Meanwhile, Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino has suggested he would consider offers for striker Ross McCormack from Premier League clubs.

Cellino had previously claimed he had rejected an “offer” from Newcastle for the 27-year-old.

“He’s a talented player so I couldn’t tell him no, stay at Leeds,” Cellino said.

“If he gets an offer from a big team, then we should give him the chance to go. But the teams who’ve asked for McCormack are from the Championship.

“Why should I sell McCormack? We are not desperate to sell him so why should we?”