Pardew still has transfer ambitions for this summer

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NEWCASTLE United are NOT finished in this summer’s transfer market, according to manager Alan Pardew.

Six players have arrived at St James’s Park so far this summer, and there could be at least one more arrival before the transfer window closes at the end of next month.

Pardew – whose side take on Wellington Phoenix in New Zealand tomorrow – remains in daily contact with managing director Lee Charnley.

If the right players become available at the right price, the Magpies will move quickly, according to Pardew.

“I’ve worked really well with Lee this summer,” Pardew said.

“We’ve talked every day, and we’re going to do that until the end of the window.

“If anything that comes along works for us financially and, more importantly, on the football front, then we’ll move.”

The Tynesiders are looking to sign a senior striker, and were linked with a £15million move for former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll last weekend.

But it is understood that the 25-year-old was not a target before he was ruled out for four months after tearing ligaments in his ankle.

Newcastle attempted to re-sign Carroll, set to undergo surgery in the United States today, from Liverpool two years ago.

The Magpies, however, could revive their interest in the England international in the future.

In the meantime, Newcastle – who have already signed forwards Siem de Jong, Emmanuel Riviere and Ayoze Perez – are looking elsewhere for more firepower, and have an interest in Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette.

But the 23-year-old has indicated he will sign a new deal at the Ligue 1 club.

Pardew, however, is relaxed about the situation given the business the club has already done in the transfer market after two windows without a senior acquisition.

The 53-year-old describes five of Newcastle’s signings – de Jong, Riviere, Jack Colback, Remy Cabella and Daryl Janmaat – as “big hitters”.

Only 21-year-old Perez, signed from Spanish Second Division team Tenerife, is considered a longer-term prospect.

Slightly-built Perez will be given time to adjust to the pace and power of English football.

“We’re in good shape,” added Pardew. “We’ve got six players in already. We’ve done our business early.

“That was the key to it. We’ve done very well to have five big hitters in at this time. I’m really pleased.”

Meanwhile, Jack Sullivan, son of West Ham co-owner David, yesterday revealed the extent of Carroll’s injury on Twitter.

He tweeted: “Very bad news regarding AC. Torn ligaments in ankle. Operation tomorrow with top surgeon in USA. Will be playing in four months.”

West Ham are also in New Zealand, and take on Sydney at the Westpac Stadium before Newcastle take on Wellington Phoenix (5.30am).