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Who's next for the biggest shirt in Britain?

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The Newcastle No.9 shirt is perhaps one of the most iconic in British football, having previously been donned by Toon heroes Jackie Milburn, Malcolm Macdonald and Alan Shearer.

But, after the departure of Andy Carroll for Liverpool in January, the famous number has yet to be reassigned, and remains vacant waiting for a new St James' Park star.

Who will be awarded the No.9 for the new Barclays Premier League season remains unknown. Although, one thing for certain, is that it won't be recent acquisition Demba Ba, who was handed the No.19 jersey.

Perhaps Alan Pardew will spend his £35 million Carroll windfall on another forward powerhouse? Melvut Erding of Paris Saint-Germain has been touted as a replacement for the 22-year-old.

Ex-Magpies midfielder Lee Clark senses Pardew will futher reinvest and, like the St James' faithful, is waiting intently to see which tactic the former Southampton boss employs.

"Of course what everyone is looking for is that striker to fill Andy Carroll's shoes, and I'm sure Alan will be looking to do more business still," said Clark, the manager of Huddersfield.

"The Newcastle fans love their strikers, and they will be waiting with anticipation to see what happens.

"Hopefully Alan can continue what he started last season, and progress would be a top-10 finish and perhaps getting a European spot.

"With Steve Bruce bringing in players at Sunderland, the two North-East teams have been among the busiest in the Premier League this summer."

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