Newcastle United Transfer News and Rumours Saturday 12 May

Pardew Fears Stars May Be Sold

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew claims it may be impossible to hang on to some of his team’s stars after reports of interest from some of Europe’s top clubs.

The Magpies are challenging for a Champions League spot going into the final round of games on Sunday but have found themselves increasingly linked with interest from some of Europe’s top sides. Reports this week linked Real Madrid with Papiss Demba Cisse and both Juventus and Inter Milan have been watching Hatem Ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote. Chelsea have been linked with both Tiote and keeper Tim Krul.

“It’s impossible to restrict Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City from coming in for one of our players,” Pardew told BBC Newcastle.

“We have players who are not on the salaries these top clubs can offer.”

Demba Ba is another player linked with a departure after rumours of a release clause in his contract which could see him leave for less than £7million.

“It is not a foregone conclusion that he will stay, but the Newcastle public have played their part singing his name. He must love that.”

Pardew has built a potential top four side on the back of the £35million he received from Liverpool for striker Andy Carroll just over a year ago and the £10million proceeds last summer from the sale of Jose Enrique and Kevin Nolan and he says he may have to do the same in order to strengthen his side.

“Forget about Everton and Aston Villa, we have put ourselves in a similar position to Arsenal,” he added.

“The one security I have is that Mike Ashley is a difficult seller. He is not going to let someone go for £7million, he is going to want top, top money, but if Yohan Cabaye gets a call from Manchester United and they tell him he is going to be the next Paul Scholes I am not going to be able to stop him.

“It is going to cost Manchester United a shed-load of money, but until we have Champions League football, and we might have that by this weekend, we cannot compete with that.”

In recent weeks Newcastle have been linked with Ajax defenders Jan Vertonghen and Siem de Jong, Stuttgart defender Serdar Tasci and FC Twente striker Luuk de Jong and his team-mate centre-back Douglas and Pardew says his priority this summer is a centre-back who can head the ball.

“I am contemplating bringing in someone because we don’t have a dominant header of the ball. On the scouting front we are looking at a centre-half who can come and score us eight goals next season,” he added.

“If we didn’t have Demba Ba we wouldn’t have Papiss Cisse and we are trying to bring another player to the club who is close to Yohan Cabaye. That is another little connection and a bit of a clue for you.”

Cabaye moved from Lille last summer and the Magpies have been linked with interest in Lille playmaker Eden Hazard although he looks set to move to Manchester City this summer.

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