ALAN PARDEW looks set to give youth its chance once more against Wellington Phoenix tomorrow morning, as work goes on back on Tyneside to strengthen his attacking ranks.
After failing to reach an agreement with Lyon for £16m-rated striker Alexandre Lacazette, the Magpies are weighing up cheaper alternatives and the loan system is viewed as a short-term solution.
Arsenal pair Joel Campbell and Serge Gnabry are two of the most realistic contenders to arrive on a season-long loan from the Emirates, with Arsene Wenger known to be open to offers for the duo.
Campbell is particularly attractive to a number of Premier League clubs following his impressive performances at the World Cup. He was also a key player for Olympiacos in the Champions League last season when he was on loan there.
The Greek club would like to take him back again and have even prepared a £5m offer, although Wenger is keen to see how the 22-year-old performs in the Premier League before making a decision on his long term future.
Newcastle’s relationship with Arsenal this summer has been helped by the sale of Mathieu Debuchy to the North London club. Full-back Carl Jenkinson had even been suggested as a possible makeweight in the deal.
Jenkinson is still somebody Pardew would like in his squad, but Arsenal are reluctant to let him go after losing out to Paris St Germain for Ivorian defender Serge Aurier, who had also been scouted by Newcastle.
That has led to discussions with Arsenal about Campbell, but nothing is imminent and Wenger is unlikely to sanction a season-long loan to Newcastle until nearer to the start of the Premier League season on August 16. Gnabry, younger, is a realistic alternative.
Newcastle’s preparations for the campaign continue tomorrow when they will face Wellington tomorrow and there will be further opportunities for youngsters.
Despite fielding new signings Siem De Jong, who sat out training yesterday with a slight niggle, Emmanuel Riviere, Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback in Tuesday’s 4-0 win over Sydney, Pardew is keen to see a number of his Under-21s players in action again.
That will mean the likes of Rolando Aarons, Adam Armstrong, Lubo Satka and Adam Campbell all figuring again, with the manager hoping they can force their way in to his thinking for next season.