Pardew eyeing player with 'power and pace' to replace Ba

The Magpies' boss is looking to bolster his attacking options as the Senegalese striker looks set to complete move to Chelsea, but concedes he may not sign someone this month
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is targeting a striker who has "power and pace" to replace Chelsea-bound Demba Ba.

The Senegalese striker is set to complete a move to Stamford Bridge for a fee in the region of £7 million, leaving the Magpies short on goalscorers.
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Pardew is looking for a player who can play alongside Papiss Cisse and support in a similar way to when he plays with Gabriel Obertan. However, he has conceded it will be difficult to find exactly what he wants this month.

Pardew told reporters: "I would like, if possible, to have a player with real power and pace. Sometimes, we lack a little bit of pace.

"Obertan brings that to the team, but when Gabby is not in the team, that's something I would like to see in the player that comes in because that will help Papiss, and also somebody who is going to threaten at set-plays because it has been a weakness for us.

"But it's easy to say what I would really like - it's what I can get in this window and the options are not numerous. There are only a few players, really, who are available."