ALAN Pardew says a big-name signing would lift his dressing room – as well as Newcastle United’s frustrated fans.
The club has signed just one player this summer – Loic Remy.
And United’s supporters – who saw their team beaten 4-0 by Manchester City on Monday night – are becoming increasingly vocal in their criticism of the club’s hierarchy.
Controversial director of football Joe Kinnear was spotted in the south of France yesterday with Pardew, chief scout Graham Carr and secretary Lee Charnley.
The purpose of their visit, which came as the mood among fans on Tyneside darkened in the wake of the City defeat, was unclear.
Newcastle’s players are also keen to see one or more reinforcements arrive at St James’s Park between now and September 2, when the transfer window closes.
And the hope is that the club will make a breakthrough before Saturday’s home game against West Ham United.
“I think a player does boost the group,” Pardew said.
“A big player coming in boosts the group as well as the fans.
“I’m not going to say something that I don’t think is true, and say ‘oh, it’s not affecting them’.”
Should United fail to add another signing – and the club could yet lose midfielder Yohan Cabaye – there could be an impact on morale among players.
“I think they (the players) would like to see another striker come in the door,” added Pardew.
“That’s something that hopefully will be done before the window shuts.
“If it doesn’t, like anything in life, we’re going to have to get on with it with what we’ve got.
“We’ve still got a very good team with Remy on top of it. We lost Demba (Ba) and got the other guys in in January. I still think one more would be the perfect scenario.”
Meanwhile, defender Steven Taylor has apologised to Newcastle fans for his dismissal against City on Twitter.
Taylor tweeted: “Sorry to every fan that was there. Let my team down, Gaffa and everybody connected to the club.”