Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admitted the club made a mistake by not signing more players in the summer.

The Magpies worked long and hard during pre-season to attract a series of targets to Tyneside, but ultimately signed just one senior player, Dutch midfielder Vurnon Anita, as the likes of Lille full-back Mathieu Debuchy and FC Twente defender Douglas stayed put despite protracted negotiations.

Answering questions posed by readers of the Evening Chronicle, Pardew admitted he, owner Mike Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias should have recruited one more man to go straight into the first-team squad. Pardew said: "Myself, Mike and Derek all agree we should have bought one more senior player in here. For whatever reason, it did not happen."

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