Newcastle chief unfazed by transfer activity

Alan Pardew will be under immediate pressureNewcastle manager Alan Pardew has insisted that he is not concerned by the club’s lack of transfer business this summer.

The Magpies were the only Premier League club not to spend any money on first-team arrivals, with Loic Remy – a loan signing from QPR – the only player to have moved to St James’ Park.

There were numerous links with other attackers, particularly Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomis, but no deals were secured.

This has led to criticism being aimed at Director of Football Joe Kinnear, who was brought in to assist with the club’s transfer plans.

But, Pardew feels that the lack of activity is not important, and believes that the business conducted during the January transfer window was adequate.

“We are delighted to have brought Loic Remy to the club in this window and we believe he will form an exciting and effective partnership with Papiss Cisse,” Pardew told the club’s official website.

“However some of the options that were available within our financial means were not as good as the players we already had and there is no point bringing in new players unless they can improve us and take us forward.

“We did the majority of our business in the January window, signing five excellent first team players.

“With the strong squad we have we should all approach the season in a positive, optimistic frame of mind.”

Newcastle were also linked with a move to bring former club icon Demba Ba back to the North East from Chelsea.

However, the Blues’ insistence on a £3million loan fee scuppered the deal.

Newcastle fans, can your side compete with the current squad? Or should there have been more business this summer?

Have your say below!

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