Pardew plays waiting game
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is having to remain patient as he waits for the club to land their summer transfer targets.
The Magpies have already announced the capture of out-of-contract Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback and young Tenerife Striker Ayoze Perez, but that barely scratches the surface of the work the manager would like to be completed by the closure of the window.
However, while the ongoing World Cup finals is a complication with some of the men on the club's wish-list in action in Brazil, finance continues to determine what may and may not happen.
Owner Mike Ashley will provide funds after a desperate second half to last season following Yohan Cabaye's £19million January departure for Paris St-Germain and the decision not to replace him immediately.
But as ever, he will not sanction bids in excess of the club's valuations, and nor will he blow apart the existing wage structure in order to secure the players Pardew wants.
Managing director Lee Charnley has held talks with a series of potential signings, but Newcastle are yet to make a further breakthrough.
Hertha Berlin frontman Pierre-Michel Lasogga seems destined for Hamburg despite the Magpies' interest, while reports from France have suggested Lyon's Bafetimbi Gomis, who has been monitored by the club for some time, is heading for Swansea instead.
Pardew, Ashley and Charnley, along with chief scout Graham Carr, have identified a series of prospective targets with Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella, currently on World Cup duty with France, among them.
Strikers remain the overwhelming priority following the return of loan signings Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong to QPR and Borussia Monchengladbach respectively, while Shola Ameobi's contract expires at the end of this month and will not be renewed.
However, sources on Tyneside were playing down a link with Metz frontman Diafra Sakho on Monday.
Chelsea's Victor Moses, who came close to joining Newcastle from Crystal Palace in January 2010 before heading for Wigan instead, is the latest player to be mentioned in dispatches, but the bulk of the club's business is unlikely to be done before the World Cup is over and Pardew will have to bide his time as he awaits progress.