Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew expects to finally land one of his major transfer targets in the next week.
After making bids for former FC Twente striker Luuk De Jong, Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy, Ajax midfielder Vurnon Anita, Twente defender Douglas and Liverpool striker Andy Carroll – United have seemingly failed to agree a few with any of the respective clubs for any of their major targets yet. They have already lost out on De Jong who joined Borussia Mochengladbach but the Geordie faithful will be hoping they are still in the running for all their other targets above.
Speaking to the Sunday Sun out in Portugal after Newcastle’s 2-1 victory yesterday over Braga that won them a pre-season trophy, Pardew claimed he had been updated on the transfer situation by the club’s managing director Derek Llambias and The Magpies can expect to perhaps see two signings in the next week.
“I think the situation is that by the end of the week – by next Sunday – I think we will have another player in. I’m hoping we will have two players in.”
“And I don’t want to see anybody go out and I don’t think I will. That’s my genuine feeling.”
Pardew could be referring to the signing of 19-year-old Australian youngster Curtis Good, a centre-half who still needs to pass a medical this week but who looks certain to join The Magpies.
Meanwhile The Toon’s attempts to sign Debuchy, Anita and Carroll rumble on in today’s Sunday newspapers.
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