Alan Pardew has moved to assure fans that Newcastle have not finished their work in the transfer window just yet, with the club set to bring up to two more players into the squad this summer.
Newcastle have so far been very active in the transfer window, although the club have only spent £5 million in transfer fees, with Yohan Cabaye joining from Lille.
Sylvain Marveaux, Mehdi Abeid and Demba Ba all moving to the club on free transfers, leaving money from Andy Carroll’s £35 million sale in January available to strengthen the squad again in the coming months.
And Pardew insists that the club is still on the lookout for some new blood, as the Toon consider the goal of challenging for European football once more. “We obviously want to do a bit more before the season starts but we have Dan Gosling and Hatem Ben Arfa fit again plus Marveaux, Demba and Cabaye in,” Pardew told The Journal.
“With those names I have just mentioned I certainly think we have gone up a level. Now we need to keep the momentum going and hopefully bring one or two more in.”
Pardew also said that while Newcastle might not be in the same league as the big six clubs, they have the ability to challenge Manchester United & Co on their day.
“I think a lot of other teams have looked at the transfer market and really tried to get better from last year,” Pardew added.
“Certainly Man United have taken that approach, Man City and Chelsea have raised the standard yet again and we have to follow that. We aren’t in their league, of course, but it’s all about the 11 who start and for what we have in the group, our starting XI is good.”