Pardew hoping for three new arrivals by end of August

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has admitted he is looking to bring three players to St James’ Park before the transfer window closes.

Pardew has endured a frustrating transfer window thus far managing only to boost his development squad with the signings of Romain Amalfitano, Gael Bigirimana and Curtis Good.

He has struggled to add senior faces to his squad seeing his summer long pursuit of France right back Mathieu Debuchy ended by Lille chairman Michel Seydoux.

The 27-year-old is said to be angry with the Ligue 1 side for preventing him from joining former teammate Yohan Cabaye in the Premier League after turning down a bid rumoured to be in the region of £6 million.

Ajax utility man Vurnon Anita is also on Pardew’s radar with reports suggesting the Tyneside club will make an improved £7.5m offer for the 23-year-old Holland international.

Andy Carroll is also an option as the  Magpies chief hunts for a new striker but is refusing to worry about lack of success in the market and remains confident of securing the signatures of his top targets whilst holding onto his star players should other sides come calling.

“I don’t know if not signing anyone is bad news,” Pardew told the Sunday Sun.

“I would say that bad news is losing a player, especially one of our top players and I do believe we are pretty strong in terms of that not happening.

“We are in a situation wherein we can hold off any offers that come our way.

“But if we get players in then great. I do need a couple of players, maybe three.

“However, I am very comfortable about going into our first game without any. If, to get a deal done, we need to show patience then that’s what we will do.

“It’s better to be patient with the ones that you want, rather than going down the list a little bit.”