ALAN Pardew has confirmed he is looking to sign at least one striker outside of the transfer window as he praised the club’s supporters for their reaction to the sale of Andy Carroll at Fulham.
United are trying to find at least one suitable forward on a long list of players who have become free agents after their contracts were terminated at rival clubs, and is adamant the prospect of playing for United will be an alluring one.
He said: “We are exploring that. I have kind of looked at our bench in terms of attacking options to change the game, or put a different picture on the pitch.
“I need to explore that thoroughly and there are one or two options we can take and we are on to them. That is all I can report.
“I think it would be a great opportunity for any player to come to Newcastle and into this team because, if I was a striker, I would be quite confident of getting chances with what I have got behind me.
“I do not envisage there is a player out there who will definitely be a first-team player, but certainly someone who can make an impact from the bench, or earn the right to start. There’s that potential.”
Pardew has felt the full force of Carroll’s departure this week, both in terms of the anger it has generated on Tyneside and the damage it has done to morale in the dressing room. But he senses a shift in mood among the players after the loss at Craven Cottage.
“My message to the fans, it has been a difficult week and I am not trying to disguise it,” added Pardew (pictured left acknowledging supporters at Fulham). “I thought their response against Fulham was more than I could have expected.
“They just wanted to support their club. That is where we are at the moment. Regardless of the manager or the owners, or even the players, it is their club and I just hope they come and support their club.
“We all have to live with the decision, us as coaching staff and us as a football team. We have to live with the decision we made this week. We have got to get on with it.
“I think that resolve is there among the players. I felt, definitely, that change over the last 48 hours since that result (at Fulham).
“So I am sure, footballers are a pretty resilient bunch. We are over the bad defeat, we’re over the bad transfer window.”