Alan Pardew has two days to bring in 2 players at Newcastle United

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Alan Pardew watches on as Newcastle United play Arsenal

Pardew - Clock is ticking as NUFC desperately try to lure to players to St. James’

It was always going to come down to the final couple of days wasn’t it? A whole summer was spent trying to find a new club for Joey Barton, get the best possible price for Jose Enrique and relocate Kevin Nolan. The whole summer is nearly gone; and we’re still crying out for a striker, and a left-back. Why on earth you wouldn’t have a full-back acquired before Jose departed for Merseyside is beyond me - ridiculously inept from the board. With the move for Erik Pieters blocked by the PSV board, Newcastle have had to move elsewhere and pretty quickly. Luckily enough; Aly Cissokho is eager to come and if reports are to be understood - he could be on Tyneside very soon. Then again, our supposed move to Davide Santon may well question whether the Lyon full-back will arrive at all. Only the next couple of days can tell us I suppose.

Why we’ve left it so long baffles me. The longer we leave it; the more we’ll pay - or possibly in our case: the more we won’t pay.

Lee Charnley are Derek Llambias are working closely together to get deals done, or so we are led to believe by Alan Pardew - who compiled his wish list with the help of Graham Carr. However, why aren’t these deals done already? The transfer market has changed in recent years; sometimes you have to pay that little bit more to get who you want. Do NUFC realise this?

A left-back is imperative for our season, Ryan Taylor cannot play there for the rest of the campaign. Davide Santon on the other hand would be well able to fill that role - despite his young age and lack of experience in English football. Afterall, there is only one way to gain experience and you guessed it, it’s by playing regularly. Signing the Italian as we mentioned in our last article would be a real statement of intent. He has a lot of potential and is versatile which is always a bonus, unfortunately just not for James Perch.

With no business being done today at the time of writing this article, it means we have about two days to get two players or more.

When is the last time we’ve done that does anyone know?

Sulley Muntari is apparently on his way to St.James’ in a loan-deal as a replacement for Joey Barton, but to be honest I know which one I’d rather have kept.

Can we expect to see Modibo Maiga, Davide Santon and Sulley Muntari holding Black and White shirts come Thursday morning?

I’ll leave that one to you.

Comments welcome as always 🙂

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Simple Simon: ⏱ 29/08/2011

All hot air. We may get 1 loan deal, but nowt else. -No way are we getting a decent striker in. What were we really expecting though ?

Knoxy: ⏱ 29/08/2011

We need at least 4. santon.a left back.someone to replace joey b and a forward.but reckon we got no chance.a defender will be the only one we get

Dj_pinn: ⏱ 29/08/2011

I reckon santon will be signed by dinner time tomorrow!

Westendboy: ⏱ 29/08/2011

I can't believe that we haven't signed a top class striker - not now, but weeks ago.It should have been a top priority after letting Carrol go in January. Ashley is bloody incompetent at running NUFC.

Lacstraining: ⏱ 29/08/2011

I'd love a top class striker too - but... hold on  minute... 1) We're not in either the champions league or even the Europa league this season - so we don't have the pull of offering European football (nor the income it brings). 2) We're in our second season after coming back up from the championship, and didn't make the top ten last season. 3) Our owner is tight - and wants to tun the club on a tight budget - so we won't offer 'high' wages or big transfer fees. 1) + 2) mean we have no chance of signing well-known top strikers as many seem to expect we should/can. 3) just compounds this. We will either get a potentially great young striker or nowt. Just thank god I can't add an over the hill 'big' name on crazy wages (Owen, Viduka, Klivert etc.) to the list anymore. We need to be realistic. I don't like it either - but that's where we are right now...

Westendboy: ⏱ 29/08/2011

You are probably right, but the strikers we have a the moment just aren't good enough if we want to finish in the top half of the table. It's ironic that although our defence is pretty solid for once, but we are likely to struggle because we don't have decent forwards who can hold on to the ball and score goals.