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Pardew expecting Magpies to swoop

NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew is confident of making a transfer breakthrough within the next fortnight.

The Magpies have spent recent weeks trying to strike deals for their top summer targets, to date with little tangible success.

Having cooled their interest in FC Twente striker Luuk De Jong after baulking at the asking price they are hopeful of success elsewhere.

Asked if any signings were imminent, Pardew said: "No, I don't think so, not in the immediate week or so, but certainly over the next 14 days, I would like to think a body would come in.

"I would like to think we have got a strategy, and we are looking at various options of players to come in, of course.

"The good news for us is we haven't lost anybody."

Pardew has been heavily linked with Lille full-back Mathieu Debuchy and Twente defender Douglas, but is considering a range of signings as he prepares for the Premier League campaign and Europa League football.

By this time last year, he already had signed Demba Ba, Yohan Cabaye and Sylvain Marveaux, although the relative lack of activity so far 12 months on does not have the manager concerned.

He said: "It was a different scenario last year. We didn't finish fifth, so we had a lot of work to do."