Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has defended the club's lack of new signings during the summer transfer window.
The Magpies have recruited only one first-team player - striker Loic Remy on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers - and failed to make any more signings before the window closed at 11pm on Monday night.
But in a statement, Pardew defended the club's recruitment policy, saying:
We are delighted to have brought Loïc Remy to the club in this window and we believe he will form an exciting and effective partnership with Papiss Cissé.
Joe has worked hard on numerous targets, particularly an additional offensive player. However some of the options that were available within our financial means were not as good as the players we already had and there is no point bringing in new players unless they can improve us and take us forward.
– Alan Pardew, Newcastle United FC Manager
We did the majority of our business in the January window, signing five excellent first team players.
With the strong squad we have we should all approach the season in a positive, optimistic frame of mind.