Newcastle boss Pardew wants 'two or three' signings

After the club posted a post-tax profit of £9.9 million for the year ending June 2013, the Magpies manager hopes to recruit players ready for the first team in the summer
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew intends to resume building his squad after the club recorded a post-tax profit of £9.9 million.

The Magpies posted an increase in profits for the year ending June 2013 and the boss is hopeful that owner Mike Ashley will allow him to use that money to keep his side on an upward curve, having been unable to make a single permanent signing during the recently ended tenure of Joe Kinnear as director of football.

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The sale of Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain in January boosted the coffers more and Pardew has his sights set on a close-season recruitment drive, revealing that he would like to bring in at least two or three new signings, with permanently signing loan star Loic Remy one of his targets.

"We are the eighth-best team in the Premier League and we want to get higher than that so that's what we have got to try and do," he told the press on Thursday.

"We haven't got Qatar money - we haven't got that sort of finance. It is a slow build - keep getting better, keep getting stronger - and hopefully our fans realise that.

"We are going to need at least two or three signings who come straight into the team or have a very good chance of starting.

"I think we have to be a lot more active than we have been for a while because we are looking light in certain areas."