Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew targeting new striker

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew
Pardew has signed three midfielders and a striker this summer

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has confirmed the club are in the market for a new striker.

The Magpies are without last season's top scorers after Andy Carroll's switch to Liverpool in January and Kevin Nolan's move to West Ham in June.

Pardew has already bolstered his attack this summer after signing forward Demba Ba from West Ham in June.

But Pardew told BBC Newcastle: "It would be nice to have another striker in and we're working hard on that."

He added: "We're still chasing one or two targets and enquiring on other targets if those two fall down."

Pardew admitted that his side are also in need of a left-back after a failed bid to sign Neil Taylor from Swansea and continuing uncertainty over the future of Jose Enrique.

"We hope he's going to change his mind but at the moment he seems fixed on perhaps another club," Pardew said.

"Obviously we're mindful of that. We're keeping our eye on all left-back situations up and down and around the world."

Pardew added that he is pleased with how his squad is shaping up for next season, with the additions of midfielders Yohan Cabeye, Sylvain Marveaux and Medhi Abeid.

Competition for midfield places has also been heightened by the return to fitness of Dan Gosling, who missed the whole of last season with a knee injury, and Hatem Ben Arfa who broke his leg in October last year.

Pardew said: "Where we are right now is ahead of the game, I think.

"If I look at most of the other Premier League clubs, a lot of them have done no business at all, so with Dan [Gosling] and [Hatem] Ben Arfa adding to the guys we brought in, we're looking stronger."

The Magpies have now travelled to the USA for a pre-season training camp where they will face friendly matches against Sporting Kansas City, Orlando City and Columbus Crew.

Pardew added: "I think them being mid-season, that they're up to speed, gives us a real tough three games.

"It'll be a good eye-opener for us to see the standard because obviously theirs is a different market from ours and this doesn't mean to say that we can't sign a player from that market."

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