ALAN Pardew says patience has proved to be a virtue for Newcastle United in the transfer market.
The club has signed six players so far this summer – and more arrivals could follow.
New signings Siem de Jong, Jack Colback, Emmanuel Riviere and Ayoze Perez yesterday flew to New Zealand with the squad.
And Remy Cabella and Daryl Janmaat will link up with their new team-mates at the end of the month.
The Football United Tour 2014, however, was yesterday overshadowed by the tragic deaths of John Alder and Liam Sweeney, who were on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 when it was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday.
Dedicated fans Alder and Sweeney were travelling to New Zealand to support Newcastle.
And a minute’s silence was held before last night’s 2-0 defeat between United’s Under-21s and Gateshead at the International Stadium, while floral tributes were laid at St James’s Park.
Newcastle manager Pardew and the club’s hierarchy came under fire from fans in January after midfielder Yohan Cabaye was not replaced in the wake of his £20m sale to Paris Saint-Germain.
The club tried and failed to sign Cabella from Montpellier before the transfer deadline.
United’s once-promising campaign unravelled after Cabaye’s sale.
Pardew spoke of the need to rebuild his squad this summer, and Cabella, signed for £7m, is among the arrivals.
“We had to be patient after the Cabaye sale,” Pardew said.
“We couldn’t get it in that window, which was unfortunate. It made us finish without an offensive source.
“We’ve tried to spread the net a little bit and spread a little bit more quality around the team. It’s a combination of a lot of work.”
Former Newcastle United pair Marcus Maddison and Greg McDermott condemned their old club to a defeat last night.
The pair scored in Gateshead’s 2-0 win over an inexperienced United Under-21 side at the International Stadium.
Peter Beardsley’s side were well beaten in what was long-serving Gateshead defender James Curtis’s testimonial.