Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has reiterated his desire to add to his squad, but insists there is no desperate need to do so and he is prepared to wait for the right deal.
The Magpies have been relatively quiet in this summer's transfer window, the only movement being the acquisitions of youngsters Romain Amalfitano, Gael Bigirimana and Curtis Good.
For several weeks now they have been linked with Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy, but have yet to agree a fee despite the Frenchman's desire to leave the club.
However, Pardew is not worried about the lack of activity, claiming it's more important to keep his current squad together.
"I don't know if not signing anyone is bad news," Pardew told The Sun. "I would say that bad news is losing a player, especially one of our top players and I do believe we are pretty strong in terms of that not happening.
"But if we get players in then great. I do need a couple of players, maybe three. However, I am very comfortable about going into our first game without any. If, to get a deal done, we need to show patience then that's what we will do.
"It's better to be patient with the ones that you want, rather than going down the list a little bit."
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