Newcastle boss drawing a line under signing a free transfer striker

Alan Pardew insists he will not be looking to sign a free agent to bolster Newcastle’s threadbare attacking options.

The Magpies boss failed to bring in a striker on transfer deadline day, but will not be moving for an out of contract player.

"I've no intention of bringing one (a free agent) one," he said. "I'll go with the group."

Pardew added that the return of French ace Hatem Ben Arfa will bolster his attacking options too.

"I think you have to remember I've got Hatem Ben Arfa training now," he continued.

"His imagination and flair on that pitch would have been a big asset for us - hopefully, fingers crossed, in two weeks' time he'll be on that pitch for us."

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