ALAN Pardew believes Newcastle United need two players in January’s transfer window – but owner Mike Ashley won’t be dipping his hand into his pocket.
Newcastle missed out on a series of targets in the summer.
The club tried and failed to bring another striker to St James’s Park – and loanee Loic Remy was the club’s only acquisition.
However, Pardew’s hopeful of a belated breakthrough when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.
“We need to strengthen the team,” said Pardew.
“We’ll manage until January. We’ve got players to get us to Christmas, and we’ll go from there.
“There are a couple of positions we need to strengthen.
“I said before the window shut that we needed another offensive player. I still believe that.”
Supporters had hoped for a signifcant sum to be spent in the summer given that the club only narrowly avoided relegation last season.
But the only money paid out was the £2m loan fee for Remy, signed on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers, and an undisclosed fee for midfielder Olivier Kemen, then 16.
And a candid Pardew admitted on Sky Sports’s Goals on Sunday yesterday that Ashley doesn’t want to put a penny more into the club.
Instead, the flow of cash is going in the opposite direction, with United’s improved balance sheet meaning a cash advance forwarded to the club in the wake of relegation is now being paid off.
“Sometimes our fans get slightly lost in terms of the finance of the club,” said Pardew.
“I think Mike has paid £200m-plus for this club. I don’t think he wants to put any more of his money in terms of his own finance.
“Therefore (the club) has to wipe its nose.
“We have to use the funds we have. We’re not overloaded with funds. I think, sometimes, that gets lost a little bit.”
Asked if money was a stumbling block in the summer, he added: “Sometimes it was finance that was getting in the way.
“It was a bit more difficult for us, because we had the Yohan Cabaye situation.
“If we lost Yohan, for sure, we’d have used some of that money to not only replace him but also to go in for a striker. We could have perhaps got a better option.
“So we waited, and it was difficult. It was a bit like a poker game in a way.
“Fortunately, Yohan stayed. I do think he’s an important player for us.”