Magpies boss won’t give players up easily.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has warned rival clubs that it will take something special to prize any of the club’s stars away this summer, according to Sky Sports.
A number of clubs are believed to have made enquiries for the likes of Tim Krul, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa already this summer. However, with the club in a stable financial position they are under no obligation to sell and Pardew has warned his rivals that it will take an offer to “blow the doors off” to convince him to cash in.
I feel we are in a strong position financially to hold on to our players,” said the Newcastle manager. “If one of our top players goes, it will be a bid that blows the doors off. That’s it.”
After a particularly active window during January, the Magpies are yet to make an addition to the ranks this summer,but Steve Harper, Danny Simpson and James Perch have all left the club.
Pardew believes he knows where the squad need improving if they are to better last season’s disappointing 12th placed finish and is hoping to make his first move soon.
“We are strong in some areas and weak in others. I think it would be nice to strengthen in some areas.
“The obvious target is a striker and we have four or five targets.
“It is difficult, because I know there is speculation, particularly about Darren Bent.”