"We looked a little bit different, but in a good way," said Pardew, who confirmed striker Luuk de Jong was set for a medical ahead of a loan move from Borussia Monchengladbach.
"This club is never going to be about one player.
"For sure Yohan Cabaye would probably get in my all-time top Newcastle team. For us he was outstanding and we wish him the very best, and I hope our fans do.
"He wanted to leave, we were honourable to him, he has got a dream move.
"We have to use that money wisely now, like we did with Andy Carroll when we brought in Yohan and a couple of others which took us forwards.
"That is how we are going to have to try to break the Champions League to use this money to good effect to make us better."
Pardew added: "I was on the phone to the powers-that-be to say 'let's get moving and see what we can get'
"We have one or two targets which we had earmarked if he went and we are chasing those down."
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