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Newcastle transfer latest: Pardew ‘unlikely’ to buy British striker

BRIT OF ALL RIGHT ... Colback against Villa.

BRIT OF ALL RIGHT ... Colback against Villa.

  • by MILES STARFORTH
 

ALAN Pardew says Newcastle United are unlikely to buy British – if the club does move for another striker.

ALAN Pardew says Newcastle United are unlikely to buy British – if the club does move for another striker.

Pardew says the club has it’s “finger on the pulse” going into the last week of the transfer window.

Newcastle could move for another player if there are one or more outgoings over the coming days.

And another striker would seemingly be the priority for a club which has predominantly recruited from France and Holland in recent seasons.

Newcastle have signed three English players – Jack Colback, Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow – this summer.

But Pardew – whose side’s goalless draw against Aston Villa on Saturday was watched by England coach Roy Hodgson – doesn’t feel there is much value in the British market.

Ross McCormack cost relegated Fulham in an £11m deal, and Blackburn Rovers’s Jordan Rhodes could move for a similar fee, and United, it seems, will continue to scour the continent for striking reinforcements.

“We keep talking about British players and English players being promoted, but every time you try to go and buy on in Britain, it is very difficult,” said Pardew.

“It’s such a shame. If we could get some realism around our own strikers, then maybe they would get more opportunities.

“Roy wants as many options as he can have. But if you looking out there for British strikers, there isn’t too many.

“But there are some good players in the background, particularly in the top five clubs, and it is a shame they can’t get their chance and a platform to play.”

Former Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock had claimed before the Villa game on BT Sport that Pardew had told him that Newcastle were close to making another signing.

Pardew played down Warnock’s comments after the game.

But he added there would be “some movement” at St James’s Park before September 1, and indicated that there could be “one or two” departures.

Hatem Ben Arfa, Shane Ferguson, Gabriel Obertan and Gael Bigirimana all face uncertain futures at United.

 

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