Alan Pardew's pursuit of the striker that can fire Newcastle United into the top half of the Barclays Premier League is still quickly becoming the manager's biggest challenge of his short tenure at St James' Park
The club have been somewhat bereft of goals since the departure of Andy Carroll in January, and Pardew's No.1 priority this summer has been to draft in a forward to bolster his options for the new season.
Despite the signing of Demba Ba, the boss insists he's still on the look-out for another striker, with Mevlut Erdinc, who is yet to finalise a deal with Newcastle, firmly on the club's radar.
“All transfers are always alive until such time as someone buries them. We’re not burying this one," he said. "We’re still confident on bringing a striker in.
“It’s obvious we’re looking to get a striker in, we’re not just paying lip service to it. We have made bids, that is in the public domain. But we have to make sure it’s the right player, that is the most important thing.”
The Turkish striker is still deliberating over an offer from Newcastle to leave Paris St Germain, where he is third choice striker for the Ligue 1 side.
Pardew is urging the forward to make a decision over where his future lies and to chose what he calls the 'bigger club'.
“It’s quite easy for me. If the boy wants to stay at his club and be third choice and doesn’t want to come to Newcastle then I don’t want him – because Newcastle, for me, are a bigger club," he added.
“I’m not being disrespectful and I know that Paris Saint-Germain are in the Champions League but with our stadium, our support and the squad we’ve got, we’re the bigger club."