Newcastle United are set to invest in British talent after manager Alan Pardew admitted the club have "too many foreign players."
The north-east club has had a influx of foreign stars added to their squad over the last two seasons, with the club now known for it's French contingency.
But Pardew has now said that the club will look to balance their squad by bringing in more homegrown talent.
"One issue is that we're going to need to look at British players quickly because we're starting to get filled up with perhaps too many foreign players." said Pardew to the Daily Mirror.
"I think we need to strengthen the team and maybe in January as well.
"I didn't know Joe at all. So far, you can only take someone as you find them and so far he's been supportive.
"He's asked me what I want, I've told him what I want and it's his job to try and get it out of Mike as far as I'm concerned.
"His role really and truly is to be Mike's confidante in terms of what is the manager wanting, what does he need, what can I deliver for him. He's not involved at the training ground with any tactics or anything like that.
"He hasn't even offered me his opinion in any kind of manner except to ask mine so on that side of it, I'm comfortable with that and hopefully he can get the message to Mike on the one or two issues we need to address."
Newcastle have been linked with Manchester City's England man Micah Richards as well as Manchester United starlet Wilfred Zaha in recent weeks, and with only nine current members of their available first team squad being British this is probably the reason why.
10 Frenchman currently ply their trade at St. James Park with Holland, Argentina, Senegal, Italy and Rep. Of Ireland also represented.
But will the value of British players rising due to the new financial fair play rules and they homegrown rulings, it could be a struggle for Newcastle to finance the signings after showing in the summer they were tight with their transfer budget.
Loic Remy, a Frenchman ironically, was the only arrival at the Toon in the summer after signing on loan from relegated Premier League side Queens Park Rangers.
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