Alan Pardew admits he is looking forward to the end of the transfer window so that his Newcastle side can press ahead in the Premier League this season.
Newcastle have endured a difficult start to the season, taking just one point from their first two games, whilst speculation persists over the future of French midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
While Pardew insists the events of the last few weeks have not come as a surprise to him, he insisted his primary focus will be on taking three points at home to Fulham this weekend.
"If I had been asked during the summer what would pre-season be like, I would have suggested not too dissimilar to how it's been," he said.
"We had a tough start in terms of Manchester City away with a new manager, and also you could almost sense that one or two of our players would be involved in this window, so I kind of sensed it was coming.
"But that doesn't mean to say it hasn't been difficult, because it has.
"It has been a very difficult period and if we can get a win on Saturday and get through to Monday with one or two additions, I will be very, very pleased."
Pardew should be able to call upon Loic Remy for Fulham's visit to St James' Park on Saturday after the on-loan striker trained with his new team-mates this week following a calf injury.
Newcastle's last victory at St James' Park was against Fulham last April courtesy of a late Papiss Cisse winner.
Cisse has not scored a league goal since and Pardew is hoping his side can provide the Senegal international with better service.
"Looking at the team, I am really looking to try to help Papiss a little bit more in terms of his service, and it's something we will be working on," he said.