Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has revealed he is looking forward to going on a summer shopping trip.
The former Charlton boss took over at St James Park in December after the shock dismissal of Chris Hughton, and lost star striker Andy Carroll to Liverpool for £35million a month later.
The timing of the Carroll deal left Newcastle no time to spend any of the money they received from Carroll and Pardew is looking forward to strengthening his squad in the summer.
Talking about unpopular owner Mike Ashley, Pardew said, “I think Mike’s made it clear that the financial model that he’s put in here is one where he doesn’t have to go to his personal world to fund it,” he said.
“While he is here, he wants to make it viable. We’re going to use that money to build the club and have a team on the pitch.
“The most important thing is Mike’s a supporter and he wants his team to be exciting and wants to get excited about the prospects of the club.
“So it’s a two-fold situation here, and I’m leaning on his passion for the team to get more money out of him and use as much money as I can.
“The short of it is that we will be signing players in the summer, for sure.”
The club sent out a little statement of things to come with the new contract for star prospect Cheik Tiote this week, who was signed for six and a half years.
“I think with any club, it’s difficult to keep any players at whatever club you’re at,” he continued.
“We’re trying to do the best we can and for our fans to have this player secured for this length of time gives us some insurance.
“And we’re hoping that he (Tiote) continues to play at the level he’s been at, he’s been absolutely brilliant.
“To be fair to Mike he’s gone and said ‘let’s get this guy done,’ because after Andy he wanted to make sure that he sent a message to the fans that he is here, he is keeping his eye firmly on the club and he wants to build the club. And this is a big step towards that.
“I think negotiating in the Premier League for any senior player is always complex and difficult.
“We want to keep our best players, I make it perfectly clear from a manager’s point of view.
“Whether we can is down to the market and to the player themselves. You want to keep your best players and you want them to stay.”