NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew hopes to sign two strikers in this summer’s transfer window.
Adam Campbell will be a fully-fledged member of his first-team squad in the coming season, with the teenager expected to compete with Papiss Cisse, Yoan Gouffran and Shola Ameobi for a place up front.
However, Pardew – who fielded Cisse as a lone striker for much of last season – still believes he needs more than one striking addition to his squad.
He has admitted to an interest in out-of-favour Aston Villa forward Darren Bent and QPR’s Loic Remy.
And the Magpies, who will benefit from the Premier League’s new £3billion TV deal over the next three years, are also exploring other options.
“I think we might need two strikers,” Pardew said.
“I personally think, my competition in that area – Cisse, Shola, Gouff and Adam Campbell – last season wasn’t strong enough.
“In the Premier League, that’s not enough. I need more than that.”
Newcastle, to the frustration of supporters, are yet to move into the transfer market, though 16-year-old midfielder Olivier Kemen – who will go into the club’s development squad – has joined from Metz.
There could be progress next week when director of football Joe Kinnear, after a short break, returns to his new office at Newcastle’s training ground.
Newcastle have been linked with a number of defenders in recent weeks.
However, while United are looking at defensive recruits, Pardew’s priorities lie elsewhere, with captain Fabricio Coloccini having pledged his future to the club after summer talks.
“I’ve got to be honest, I think we’re pretty strong there,” added Pardew, despite selling James Perch to Wigan and Danny Simpson departing after the expiry of his contract.
January signing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa offers Pardew an option at full-back and centre-half.