Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is planning to bring in players similar to Paul Gascoigne and Peter Beardsley.

The Magpies had a reputation, under Kevin Keegan, of playing swashbuckling football in the Barclays Premier League, and Pardew wants a return to those days as he plots targets in the summer transfer window.

And when asked about who he was after, the former Southampton boss says he needs players who will excite the Newcastle fans.

“Next year the most important thing is that we improve," he said.

“The period that I’ve been here has been fantastic with the size of our squad we’ve had.

“We need some offensive players. One or two players that Newcastle have always had, gets bums of seats players, that little moment that lifts you.

“Players like Beardsley, Gascoigne and Waddle but they’re expensive and difficult to purchase.

“We’re competing with Champions League clubs to get those sorts of players.


“Hopefully we can get one or two of those in and keep the basis of the squad we’ve got here who have been brilliant.

“Securing the good players we’ve got here isn’t easy either, we need a squad big enough to attack one of the cups.

“This year though we didn’t have a squad big enough, in the modern game you must have 20-22 quality players.”

To assist the boss in his search for players who can excite the St James' Park crowd is the £35 million that Newcastle recouped from the sale of Andy Carroll.

Pardew's search for such a player will begin in earnest after Newcastle's final game of the season at home to West Bromwich Albion, as the club try to complete a top half finish, a season after winning promotion from the Championship.

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