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Newcastle United: 4 More Signings Possible as Transfer Window Deadline Nears

Alan Pardew has a busy day ahead
Alan Pardew has a busy day aheadStu Forster/Getty Images
David CurryCorrespondent IAugust 31, 2011

Newcastle had a successful day in the transfer market yesterday sealing the signings of Davide Santon from Inter Milan and Rob Elliot from Charlton Athletic.

The main focus of deadline day business will be strikers. While Newcastle bid 10 million pounds for Papiss Demba Cisse last night it is unlikely that he will be coming to Newcastle. The bid for Cisse was in response to Max Gradel's move to Souchaux falling through, his proposed transfer would have allowed Newcastle to sign top target Modibo Maiga from the French club.

Late last night though Souchaux did sign a replacement for Maiga in the form of Abdoul Camara and with Maiga rumored to be already on Tyneside a deal should be finalized by the end of today. 

Newcastle will still move for a second striker if Nile Ranger is sold but this is likely to be a loan deal for Macheda rather than a renewed bid for Cisse who simply seems to be out of Newcastle's price range. If Cisse and Maiga did sign it would certainly be a memorable day in Newcastle and a substantial loosening of the purse-strings by Mike Ashley.

Alan Pardew is still searching for another midfielder after the departure of Joey Barton. A move for Sulley Muntari seems to have been dismissed but there have been rumors on Tyneside of a move for Henri Lansbury from Arsenal—it isn't clear whether this would be on loan or a permanent transfer.

A move for young defender Darnel Situ who has been on trial with Newcastle is still a strong possibility but United face late competition from Swansea for his signature. Whether Newcastle has an alternative target if this deal falls through remains to be seen. 

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