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Pardew remains hopeful on signings
NEWCASTLE UNITED manager Alan Pardew remains confident of adding to his squad despite having his search for reinforcements interrupted by Arsenal's pursuit of Yohan Cabaye.
Pardew jetted out to France on Tuesday evening with director of football Joe Kinnear and chief scout Graham Carr to discuss their next move in the transfer window.
It is thought they also met to discuss the situation surrounding Cabaye's future with the Magpies officials keen to talk the Frenchman out of a move away from St James' Park.
Pardew is still desperate to add another striker to his ranks, despite the acquisition of Loic Remy earlier this month, while he is also keen to bring in a left-sided midfielder.
Arsenal's ill-timed bid for Cabaye was knocked back straight away on Monday, but it isn't likely to end interest in the player with AS Monaco and Paris St Germain also waiting in the wings to make an offer.
Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is not willing to let the midfielder leave for anything less than £20m, despite signing him for a mere £3.5m two seasons ago.
With less than two weeks to go until the transfer window shuts, Ashley will not rush into selling the 27-year-old, but it leaves the question whether the Magpies will have time to find a replacement should he move on.
Blackpool's Tom Ince has been mentioned as a possible replacement, and although other clubs have been put off by the Seasiders £8m asking price, that wouldn't be out of the Magpies' reach if they pocket the £20m sum being muted for Cabaye.
Lyon were in action on Tuesday night in their Champions League qualifier, but Magpies target Bafetimbi Gomis wasn't involved amidst the speculation surrounding his future.
Pardew has been desperate to add a second striker this summer and the need to do so was heightened after Monday's humiliating 4-0 defeat in their season opener against Manchester City.
The Magpies boss has revealed a new signing is exactly what the club needs right now as they look to kick-start their season at home to West Ham on Saturday.
"A big player coming in boosts the group as well as the fans," Pardew said.
"I'm not going to say something that I don't think is true and say, 'oh, it's not affecting them'.
"I think they'd like to see another striker come in the door.
"That's something that hopefully will be done before the window shuts.
"If it doesn't (happen), like anything in life, we're going to have to get on with it with what we've got.
"We've still got a very good team with Remy on top of it."
Meanwhile, Magpies youngster Bradden Inman has joined Crewe Alexandra on a three-year deal.
The 21-year-old midfielder rejected a contract extension at Newcastle but the Magpies, owed compensation due to his age, rejected Crewe's first three offers.
Haris Vuckic is also training with Bradford City with the view to joining the League One side on loan.
Newcastle United fans will be able to watch Gateshead home games for reduced prices this season.
The two clubs have agreed a partnership which gives all adult Newcastle members the chance to take advantage of a discount of £5.
Adults will be able to watch the Conference club for £9 a game, with under-16s already paying just £2 when with an adult.