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

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

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 pounds, leaving the Magpies short on goalscorers.

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."

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