Alan Pardew has revealed that Newcastle are aiming to make more signings this summer, though the performances of Sylvain Marveaux and
Demba Ba on the club’s pre-season tour have shown that the Toon are certainly moving in the right direction.
Newcastle have been very active in the transfer market so far, with three French stars making the move to the north east and West Ham forward Demba Ba signing for the club in June.
And while Pardew was full of praise for new signings Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveax in America, the manager insists the club are not done in the summer window just yet.
“There were some great performances – one from Dan Gosling, for certain. Sylvain Marveaux and Demba Ba in particular. They really make me feel that a couple more players and we aren’t far away,” Pardew said.
“The merry go-round will then start thick and fast.”
Pardew insisted that everyone at Newcastle is working around the clock to make sure that all players are signed before the beginning of the season.
“I hope to have them in place in time for Arsenal,” Pardew said of any more new signings.
“That’s the motivation of Mike [Ashley], Derek [Llambias] and myself, to get them in before Arsenal. But you can never say for definite.”
Meanwhile, Pardew said Newcastle’s pre-season tour of the USA has been all about intensity for Newcastle, as the club prepare for a tough start to the season against Arsenal on August 13.
The Toon have now returned from their trip, coming off a morale-boosting 3-0 victory over Columbus Crew on Tuesday night. The side now move on to face Leeds on Sunday, with Joey Barton, Yohan Cabaye and Nile Ranger all set to feature after facing visa issues in America.
And Pardew said that the toughness shown overseas will well prepare the side for when they take on the Gunners and Sunderland within the first two weeks of next season’s campaign.
“I am very pleased,” Pardew said, reflecting on Newcastle's performances on the tour.
“The three games have been really tough, which I expected. We’re going to play Arsenal in our first game and we have to be beyond even the intensity and toughness we showed in the US.
“We have pushed the players. We were overloaded in Orlando and that was evident – we did too much work before that game.
“We learned from that in Columbus and we saw some great performances."