Pardew pestering Kinnear for signings
Alan Pardew insists he is pushing Newcastle director of football Joe Kinnear to make the club's first acquisition of the summer.
Kinnear, 66, was controversially appointed on a three-year-deal last month and promised to swiftly enact a new transfer strategy along with the help of Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr.
Now edging towards the end of July, however, Newcastle remain the only club in the Premier League not to have brought in any new recruits.
Linked with a clutch of strikers including Loic Remy, Bafetimbi Gomis and Darren Bent, Pardew has admitted he is eager to announce his first signing and thus is badgering his director of football.
Pardew told the Chronicle: "I'm pushing Joe to get a transfer in. I think we need a boost now. We are in a situation where we want to progress now. The team is in a good place."
The Magpies boss also looked to dismiss reports that another first-team player could be departing in Shola Ameobi. The Nigeria international netted the club’s equaliser in a pre-season friendly against Paços de Ferreira on Wednesday night, but has seen speculation mount over his future after limited playing time last season.
However with Papiss Cisse already missing due to an ongoing disagreement over the club’s new shirt sponsor, pay-day loan company Wonga, Pardew said he could not afford for Ameobi to leave and that the striker has has expressed no desire to depart St James' Park.
"Shola is a player that is under contract here," he explained. "He's not made any noises to me that he wants to leave. Certainly with my striker situation at the moment, I need as many as I can get.'"