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Alan Pardew is planning a shock swoop to sign Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole this summer. The Newcastle United boss is looking to bring in significant additions to his St James’ Park squad using the money the club made from the sale of Andy Carroll to the Anfield side and has earmarked a move for the former West Ham and Chelsea man.
Joe Cole has not had a good start to his time on Merseyside, sent off in his first match at home to Arsenal and seemingly not able to break into the first team picture on a regular basis during the short Roy Hodgson reign. The England international currently has problems with a persistent knee injury and was the subject of interest from his former Upton Park club during the January transfer window but no move was forthcoming.
Newcastle United boss Pardew is looking to add more creativity to his Magpies squad and having secured French winger Hatem Ben Arfa on a permanent deal is now looking to bring in more flair players to help provide the ammunition for this strike force, another area the former West Ham and Reading boss is looking to improve.
There has been some speculation that Liverpool may accept offers of as little as £5m for a player who arrived on a free in the summer as they look to remove his large salary from the club’s wage bill. Newcastle United may find it tough though to convince new assistant boss Steve Clarke to allow such a deal as the former Chelsea man is said to have high hopes that 29 year old Cole can still go some way to recapturing his former glory.