Pardew eyeing a right-back, centre-half, winger and striker.
Alan Pardew has been given assurances he will be able to strengthen his Newcastle United squad in the January transfer window after the gamble not to sign more players in the summer backfired.
He is now likely to renew his interest in France right-back Mathieu Debuchy, but a striker also remains a priority.
Debuchy is the most likely new arrival, although the Magpies have also been watching Blackpool’s Thomas Ince and are looking at buying a new centre-forward, in case Demba Ba’s £7 million release clause is activated, and a centre back.
SOURCE: Daily Telegraph
Newcastle’s failure to do any significant business during the summer must have frustrated boss Alan Pardew but he did not complain, trusting the squad of players that finished 5th in the Premier League last term to deliver again this season.
But injuries and involvement in the Europa League have stretched Pardew’s squad to the limit and the Toon find themselves languishing in the bottom half of the table – despite many tipping them for another surprise assault on the top four.
For Pardew, the most frustrating failure in the transfer market must have been the club’s inability to agree a fee with Lille for Debuchy. The France international made it clear he wanted to join Les Blues teammates Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa at St James’ Park and Lille even signed a replacement for the 26-year-old.
Pardew is now likely to return with an offer for Debuchy but may be forced to meet Lille’s £12m asking price.
Speedy winger Thomas Ince is also reportedly on Newcastle’s radar and the young England under-21 international would certainly be an improvement on the hopless Gabirel Obertan, although the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool are also tracking the 20-year-old.
However, Pardew may be forced into the market if a rival club finally meets Demba Ba’s £7m release-clause. The Senegalese has again been prolific this season but has expressed some unhappiness at Pardew’s reluctance to play two up-front and could seek pastures new in January, with Tottenham, Liverpool and Chelsea all likely to be keen.
Ba’s loss would be a major blow to the North East outfit but Pardew and his scouting team have had a knack of finding gems overseas, so don’t rule out Newcastle replacing quality with quality.
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