St James’ Park boss focusing on busy eight days in transfer market.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew insists he is not the one to blame for the club being caught up in another tapping up scandal.
The Magpies will spend the next week or so attempting to finally land the left-back and the striker they want before next Wednesday’s deadline.
But the pursuit of new arrivals have been hampered by Sochaux’s decision to report the Toon Army to FIFA amid claims they have made an illegal approach for striker Modibo Maiga.
This follows on from Charlton Athletic contacting the Premier League over Newcastle’s interest in goalkeeper Rob Elliot.
Sochaux are unhappy that Maiga, their top scorer last season, has gone awol since the English club came in for him.
“Sochaux sent a referral to FIFA with the aim of obtaining (assurances) on the part of Newcastle United that they will stop their contacts with Modibo Maiga, who is under contract with us until 2014,” a statement on the club’s website read.
“This (contact) is in violation of Article 18 of the current international regulations.
“This measure comes after Sochaux demanded without success, in an official manner and on two occasions, that the English club put a stop to their actions.”
Pardew kept his cards close to his chest when asked about the situation but was keen to push the blame away from him.
“I can’t tell you anything about that,” he said. “My brief is to highlight players I think would take the club forward, and the club’s job is to get it over the line.
“I am not involved in that.”
Pardew has also been linked with PSV Eindhoven full-back Erik Pieters and Lyon counterpart Aly Cissokho, and a loan move for Manchester City’s Wayne Bridge.
Despite the trouble, the Toon boss is still confident the club’s transfer strategy will pay off.
“You need to have some sort of strategic planning about what you are doing and some sort or game plan, and hopefully we are going to call that right,” he added.
“But you can get something out of the woodwork which throws it into disarray and you need Plan B and then you need Plan C.
“We are hoping we stick to Plan A, but we will see.
“There are one or two big moves which could happen – I don’t think they are going to happen last minute because the other clubs will want to do some business too.
“But of course by our own example, it can happen. We would like to do our business before then, but if it goes to the end of the window, that’s the time it will go to.”