Pardew plans spending spree

Magpies boss preparing to dip into summer transfer market

Pardew: Looking to add

Ameobi: Back in contention

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Alan Pardew is already looking to the summer, with the Newcastle boss keen to bolster his ranks.

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The Magpies have fared admirably upon their return to the Premier League this season and will fancy their chances of securing a top-half finish.

They will, however, be forced to strengthen once the transfer window re-opens if they are to continue moving forward.

Money will be made available to Pardew, with the £35million sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool in January helping to boost the St James' Park coffers.

The Magpies boss has every intention of putting those funds to good use, with the search for potential new recruits underway.

Pardew said: "We have sat down and discussed briefly what the plans are, of course. It's very important to have a strategic plan of what you are doing.

"We don't want to be doing everything at the last minute - although like all transfer windows, you have to be patient because sometimes there are six or seven teams involved around one player who is available, and then they fall away.

"It might happen right at the last minute, but there has been three or four months' work gone into that particular player.

"We might not be signing players as soon as the window opens, but believe you me, we are very much on the case of players we feel might take us forward."

Competition

Meanwhile, Pardew has welcomed the return of Shola Ameobi to his plans ahead of a home date with Everton on Saturday.

The striker is prepared to play with a protective face mask over a fractured cheekbone and comes into contention for a starting berth alongside Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best.

He is, however, not guaranteed to be handed an immediate recall, with those who have covered for his recent absence having staked their claim for a regular role.

Pardew said: "No, that's absolutely right. Peter and Leon have done really well. They go into this game with the shirts and it is down to their performance to keep them.

"But Shola is in and around it now, so they need to make sure they stay on their game.

"He is a very good player. He has been stuck behind very, very good strikers here for a lot of his career and perhaps has not had as many games as he would have liked.

"But he is certainly right up there with Leon and Peter and looking for a starting place, and that's the competition you want."

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