World Cup stalls Newcastle United’s striker hunt

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BOSS Alan Pardew admits that Newcastle United are playing a waiting game – with the transfer market at a World Cup standstill.

The Magpies have already signed Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback and Tenerife forward Ayoze Perez, and are also understood to be working on a deal for Hertha Berlin striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who is also wanted by Hamburg.

Pardew says the priority is striking reinforcements after the departures of long-serving Shola Ameobi and loanee Loic Remy.

“We got two in quickly, which was good,” Pardew said. “And we now need to get a couple of strikers in.

“It’s a good start, but we’ve got to cover some areas, particularly scoring goals.

“A lot of clubs and agents are waiting to see how players fare in the World Cup.

“That will have an influence on the price.

“The World Cup is critical to a number of clubs, including us.”

Pardew would not be drawn on his targets, but the Tynesiders have a long-standing interest in Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella.