ALAN Pardew remains hopeful Newcastle United will sign a player in this month’s transfer window – but he’s cautioned against expecting a instant impact from a new signing, writes MILES STARFORTH.
Papiss Demba Cisse made an explosive start to his career at St James’s Park after joining from Freiburg two years ago.
The striker scored 13 goals as Newcastle charged towards a fifth-placed finish.
And United manager Pardew – who has been involved in talks with owner Mike Ashley and chief scout Graham Carr this week – is keen for the club to sign another striker this month.
There have been talks with Borussia Mönchengladbach over a loan deal for Luuk de Jong, who has been watched extensively by Carr in recent seasons.
However, Pardew, pictured, won’t expect an instant an return should the club strengthen its squad given the need for players from the continent to adjust to the pace and power of English football.
And he has cited the example of midfielder Vurnon Anita, who admitted his first few months of Premier League football tough were tough physically.
“Joe’s in charge of that department with Graham and Mike, and as the manager, I’m hoping that I get a player or maybe two to bed in, really.
“Whether they would make a big impact on the first team (this season), I’m not so sure, because it’s a funny time to come in.
“That first six months for Vurnon (Anita) was tough, I thought. We’ve seen the benefit of it now.”
Winger Jonas Gutierrez left Newcastle this week on loan, and Pardew feels there will be more “movement” in the market next week.
“We’ve had a lot more discussions this week, as there’s been a lot more movement in the market,” he said.
“It sounds like clubs are going to make some moves. We need to be on our toes in terms of clubs coming for our players, or us going for them.
“The market’s moving. We need to be on our toes.”