Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has admitted that his side would hugely benefit from a major signing but conceded it may not happen.
The Magpies are preparing for life without midfielder Yohan Cabaye, who has been subject of a bid from Arsenal, by leaving the French international out of their opening Premier League game on Manchester City on Monday, and Pardew will be searching for a possible replacement.
Loic Remy has been Pardew's only piece of business in this transfer window, who has signed on a season-long loan from Championship side Queens Park Rangers.
And the 52-year-old has insisted another striker would be a welcome addition but is taking nothing for granted.
"If it doesn't happen, like anything in life, we're going to have to get on with it with what we've got," he told reporters. "We lost Demba Ba and got the other guys in in January. I still think one more would be the perfect scenario."
Following Monday's 4-0 defeat at the Eithad Stadium, the former West Ham and Southampton manager has insisted that new blood could be the perfect boost.
"I think a player does that to the group," he added. "A big player coming in boosts the group as well as the fans. "I think they'd like to see another striker come in the door."
Meanwhile, former Newcastle captain Steve Howey has told talkSPORT that Pardew has been let down by the club's hierarchy.
The Magpies owner Mike Ashley appointed Joe Kinnear to oversee transfers but so far Remy remains the only new employee.
Howey said: "Pardew looks fed up, he's on his own. It looks as though he's being hung out to dry.
"The owner is basically saying 'It's my team, I own the club, you get on with it' and whoever is in that situation will really struggle," he added.
Newcastle have previously been linked with Lyon duo Bafetimbi Gomis and Yoann Gourcuff, with Pardew watch the club play on Tuesday, but a deal is yet to materialise.
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