Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is considering spending big in the January transfer window, according to the Daily Mail. The report says the Englishman has been promised funds by managing director Derek Llambias.
The Magpies returned to the Premier League last season and the 2011/12 campaign was a marvellous one for the St James' Park club, with players like Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse, Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote making their presence felt. Pardew struggled to hold on to his stars in the summer, after several clubs, including the likes of Spanish champions Real Madrid (linked with Senegal striker Papiss Cisse) were credited with an interest.
The good news was Pardew did hold on to all of his stars. The bad news was the club failed to adequately strengthen their existing first team, despite being linked to a number of signings - like French international right back Mathieu Debuchy, Dutch striker Luuk de Jong and former forward Andy Carroll.
And that lack of new signings is now hurting the Magpies. Newcastle are presently 14th (with 17 points from 15 games) and face Fulham, at Craven Cottage, in a Monday night game.
"This spell certainly made me question a few things that we have done. Whenever you get a blip like that, it makes you get on your mettle and change a few things," Pardew explained, adding, "We have had a look at things and I think it is also time for the board to have a little look at things as well, about what has gone on. They have done that. All of us have had to re-adjust a little bit."
"We'll be stronger in February," he declared.
Pardew Eager for Europa Knock-Outs
Meanwhile, Pardew also admitted the funds expected in January would greatly improve the club's chances of success in the UEFA Europa League's knock-out rounds. Newcastle qualified for the next stage of the tournament despite a 2-0 defeat to group toppers Bordeaux, in the final round of games, in France.
"I will probably look at loaning a few of those who played tonight, hopefully after January when I have got a stronger position in the squad. We wanted to qualify, that was the first agenda in this competition, and we did that with a game to spare," he explained, adding, "... and we can look forward to February. I am just hoping that, fingers-crossed, when we come out of the other side of the window, we have got a stronger squad."