Alan Pardew has confirmed that Newcastle are still looking for another new signing, and will be closer to full strength when the club take on Fiorentina next weekend, in their last friendly before the Barclays Premier League season begins.
Newcastle have been strongly connected with Paris Saint-Germain striker Mevlut Erdinc, but the club is getting closer to admitting defeat in their pursuit of the Turkey international, who has made his intentions to stay with the Champions League-bound French outfit clear.
And Pardew insists that the search is continuing to rebuild the Toon’s forward line, after Andy Carroll departed the club for a record £35million fee in January. "I think it's fairly evident that we've spent a lot of time on that transfer," Pardew said of Erdinc.
"Now, we need to make sure that we've got a player or maybe two players for the start of the season. Privately, we've had a conversation about a time scale for things. But that's about the best I can say at the moment."
While Newcastle went down to Leeds 3-2 on the weekend, Pardew said that the side that starts against Fiorentina this weekend will be a lot closer to the one that will run out against Arsenal on August 13.
"I think the 11 starters that we will have against Fiorentina will be a lot stronger than today. That will be reflected," Pardew said.
"But we are not pitching in against a mid-table team in the first game. We are pitching in against Arsenal, who are one of the top teams in the division.
"We know we need to focus and make sure, so we are putting our work in."
And the Newcastle manager acknowledged that another player is definitely needed as soon as possible, saying: "We need another player, we are conscious of that."