ALAN Pardew insists there IS money to spend at Newcastle – whether Yohan Cabaye stays or not, writes MILES STARFORTH.
Pardew this week met owner Mike Ashley and director of football Joe Kinnear in the south of France.
And the Newcastle manager is hopeful of at least one new arrival before the transfer window closes on September 2.
There are concerns among fans that Newcastle’s remaining business hinges on the funds the sale of midfielder Cabaye – who is wanted by Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain – would bring in to the club.
But, in this week’s meeting, Ashley again insisted there is money to spend – if the right deal can be found.
Asked if the Magpies needed to sell to buy, Pardew said: “No. I think the will is there to bring in a player – maybe two – if nothing else went out the door.”
Newcastle – who face West Ham at St James’s Park tomorrow – have made just one loan signing (forward Loic Remy) this summer. The club’s net spend is around £1.25m, despite the increase in TV broadcast revenues.
By contrast, the likes of Southampton, Swansea, Norwich have invested heavily.
Asked if he could understand the frustration of supporters, Pardew said: “Yes, but I think in some ways the Remy deal has been a bit unfair.
“He’s injured. He would have given us a different reflection. I don’t care how you weigh it up, it’s a great deal, but we’re all aware that we need a couple more, and that is something that could be impacted by Cabaye’s transfer.
“It’s not straightforward. It’s not like we need two, so let’s go out and get two.
“We need to be on our guard against other players being targeted, so it’s a moving feast. Therefore you have to be ready, and we met on Tuesday to be ready.”
Pardew has not yet given up hope of Cabaye staying, though the former Lille star is reportedly keen to play Champions League football this season.
Meanwhile, Pardew says forward Haris Vuckic will only be allowed to join Bradford City on loan if Newcastle sign another striker in this summer’s transfer window.
He said: “Haris isn’t a player we can move at this time, but we want him to progress.”
The 21-year-old has been training with League One club Bradford.
Pardew feels injury-hit Vuckic would benefit from a six-month loan spell.