ALAN Pardew today insisted he won’t push the panic button in the transfer market as he sweats on Andy Carroll’s injury.
Pardew is still refusing to rule the striker – who is in Sweden seeing a specialist about his troublesome thigh injury – out of the home game against Arsenal a week tomorrow.
While there have been reports Carroll – who has missed Newcastle’s last five games – could be sidelined for for a month or more, Pardew won’t buy in haste to bolster his attacking options given the form of Shola Ameobi, Leon Best, Nile Ranger and Peter Lovenkrands in the absence of the 22-year-old.
However, forgotten striker Xisco, linked with a move to Middlesbrough, will be allowed to leave St James’s Park on loan in this month’s transfer window if a club can be found.
“We had the news about Andy, and he’s still out,” said Pardew, whose side are back in action at Fulham next Wednesday.
“We’re going to be sweating on him for Arsenal, so that’s disappointing, but it doesn’t change my thinking in the transfer window.
“Maybe it would have if Shola, Besty, Nile and Peter hadn’t done so well, but we’re not going to be bringing in a panic buy.
“This won’t change the course of events in the next few days.”
Asked about the prospect of at least one new face arriving before the end of the month, with talks understood to be ongoing about a loan deal for Aston Villa’s Stephen Ireland, Pardew went on: “I hope so, that’s all I can say.
“Nothing much has changed, and we aren’t any nearer today, but that can change at any stage.”
Pardew, however, won’t be moving for former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu, now at Italian club Fiorentina.
“I can say 100 per cent there is nothing in that one,” he said.
Meanwhile, Middlesbrough are reportedly looking to take United flop Xisco – who has made just two substitute appearances for the Magpies this season – on loan until the end of the campaign.
While Pardew insists there has been no contact with the Championship club, Newcastle have approached teams in his native Spain about a possible loan.
Pardew said: “I’ve not heard any news on Xisco, and I was surprised to hear the story.
“There’s been no contact with Middlesbrough at all, but we’ve contacted a number of Spanish teams to see if they’re interested.
“He’s a lovely lad, and popular with players here, but he’s lost his way a bit.
“I’ve sat down and told him that if nothing comes out in the transfer window this time, we’ll try to get him back on the scene again.
“We’ll work with him. Sometimes, it’s not about the attitude of the player, it’s about the attitude of the club as well, and we’ll work him. If he’s prepared to change things a bit, I’m prepared to as well.”