Toon boss set to reignite striker chase

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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has vowed to put his transfer window failings behind him ahead of their Monday night clash against QPR.

The Magpies were linked with a plethora of strikers in the later stages of the window, but failed to land the services of any of their targets, who included Bryan Ruiz, Modibo Maiga and Mevlut Erding.

Toon fans have not responded well to the failure, given Andy Carroll's £35 million January sale to Liverpool, and Pardew says he can understand the frustration of the fans.

"The criticism that's going to come from not getting a striker in has some validity to it because seven months is a long time," said the Newcastle United chief.

"But I can only say that from my point of view, we put the targets in front of the board and then it comes down to financial decisions, and that financial decision didn't take place.

"We bid for three or four players to fill one position and none of them came to fruition, and that's the disappointment that we have to face. I have been disappointed many times in my career as a football manager."

However, the Newcastle United boss will once again be throwing his weight behind bringing in an attacker in January, and when asked if he'd be looking to make a signing then Pardew replied: "Absolutely. Yes, absolutely."


He's already begun the process of targeting new players, with the Newcastle United boss flying across Europe in midweek to run the rule over Swiss international targets Xherdan Shakiri and Eren Derdiyok.

The pair are thought to be just two names on a list compiled by Pardew and Newcastle United chief scout Graham Carr, with the aim of boosting the St. James' Park side further in the New Year.

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