Alan Pardew craves greater Magpie firepower.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew wants to bring two new forwards to St. James’ Park to boost the Magpies further up the table after last season’s disappointing finish.
His comments echo new director of football Joe Kinnear’s, who also believes this is the area of the team that most needs strengthening.
“I think we might need two strikers. My competition in that area – Cisse, Shola, Gouff and Adam Campbell – last season wasn’t strong enough,” Pardew told the Evening Chronicle.
“In the Premier League, that’s not enough. I need more than that.”
Pardew’s comments seem to make sense as star striker Demba Ba has not been properly replaced since his move to Chelsea in January. Ba scored 13 times that season before he moved on, and Newcastle badly struggled to replace his goals. Cisse had a relatively poor 2012/13, scoring only eight times in the league. This is particularly bad when you consider he managed 13 from January until the end of the season the previous term, when he was signed in the winter transfer-window in 2012.
Darren Bent and Loic Remy are prime targets, and moves for the pair would seemingly suit all parties involved. Newcastle are in dire need of a finisher, and Darren Bent is looking to move clubs after rarely being selected last season for Aston Villa. The Birmingham side may want to keep Bent though if they receive a high enough bid for Belgian star Christian Benteke, who handed in a transfer request this week.
Loic Remy is desperate to leave relegated QPR, who would be equally pleased to get him off their wage bill. The French international forward controversially chose to join QPR in January last term ahead of Newcastle, which angered many Newcastle fans who believed Remy chose the London club for solely financial reasons.
They would probably be willing to forgive the striker however, if his pace and dynamism added the goals Newcastle were crying out for last term.