After two windows of worrying inactivity at Newcastle United, manager Alan Pardew has suggested there is money available as he looks to rebuild his squad this summer.
As many as 10 players have been tipped to leave St. James’ Park once the current campaign is over, as reported by Lee Ryder in the Evening Chronicle, including Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse and Mathieu Debuchy.
And having failed to replace Yohan Cabaye following his move to Paris Saint-Germain in January, Pardew is already short of a high-impact, goalscoring midfielder.
And in a further interview with Simon Bird from Mirror Football, the 52-year-old lifted the lid on his plans, saying:
The finances of the club are in good shape. We know we've got to do some work in the summer after losing Cabaye, so you'd like to think we'll have to spend some of that this summer. The board have done well to get those figures, and we look forward to the next stage of our growth.
Magpies fans are used to such rhetoric, and remain hugely skeptical after the calamitous reign of former director of football Joe Kinnear, who failed to make a single permanent signing across two windows.
The latest set of figures released by the club this week revealed a £9.9 million post-tax profit, while £19 million from the sale of Cabaye suggests a healthy budget could be available.
Lyon playmaker Clement Grenier remains a top target, as suggested by Lee Ryder in the Evening Chronicle, while a move for his fellow Frenchman Remy Cabella cannot be ruled out.
Cabella is heavily linked with a move to Tyneside and recently admitted to Sky Sports, as reported by Patrick Haond, that he is set to leave current club Montpellier once the Ligue 1 season is over, saying:
We have agreed with the chairman to leave next summer rather than during the January transfer window. Newcastle? We will see. I don't want to say anything. I believe I have grown and I remain focused.
Another midfielder on their radar, as suggested by Steve Brown in The Journal, is German international Aaron Hunt, who will be a free agent in a matter of months when his contract with Werder Bremen runs out.
But it is in attack where United’s needs are greater, and an alarming scenario could see Pardew in the market for as many as three new strikers during the close season.
Of their current crop, Papiss Cisse has been told he can leave St. James’ Park while on-loan forwards Loic Remy and Luuk De Jong are due to return to Queens Park Rangers and Borussia Monchengladbach respectively in May.
Shola Ameobi—the Toon’s longest-serving player—will be out of contract ahead of what he hopes will be a World Cup appearance with Nigeria, while youngsters Adam Campbell and Adam Armstrong remain unproven in the Premier League.
Such an exodus would leave Pardew with a mountain to climb in the transfer market, but signing Remy on a permanent deal would be the ideal start to his recruitment drive.
The current makeup of his squad, however, underlines one evident truth: Newcastle can ill afford another uninspired window to match the previous two, and the sooner they start strengthening the better.
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