Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says Mike Ashley knows Newcastle need more quality in their squad ahead of a potentially busy summer in the transfer window.

Names are already starting to be linked with moves to Tyneside, with attacking players seemingly the focus of Newcastle’s search.

A replacement for Yohan Cabaye is expected, while Loic Remy and Shola Ameobi will both need to be replaced as they prepare to leave the club.

In Thursday’s press conference, Pardew said: “He [Mike Ashley] sees a bit of quality in the group, that the players are doing their best, but we do need more quality if we are going to impact the top of the league.”

Pardew went on to talk about the plans to replace Cabaye, saying: “There’s no doubt after the loss of Cabaye that we need to add quality to this group.”

Since the Magpies sold star man Cabaye to PSG in the January transfer window, they have struggled to find the net. Newcastle have scored just six goals since their chief playmaker departed, outlining a serious need for a creative midfielder in the summer.

Pardew’s comments seem to indicate that he knows this too and with Lee Charnley now a key member of the negotiating team, it will be interesting to see if Newcastle can finally get players “over the line” in the upcoming windows.