Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew admits he's upset missing out on a new No9 signing.

Pardew was left empty-handed despite months of negotiations for various targets and a last-gasp bid for Bryan Ruiz, who instead left Twente for Fulham last week.

"With the time scale we had, we should have got a striker," said Pardew. "But there are difficulties in today's market, especially with young strikers who have got potential. That's what we were targeting and that's the hardest type of player to get.

"The board found it very difficult and went up some paths that were dead ends. I'm disappointed because it would have made the jigsaw complete.

"I'll be the first to admit I was upset on the day, and the day after and the day after that. But that's me done now."

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