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Pardew rejects Rooney talk

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has laughed off suggestions that he will try to sign striker Wayne Rooney from Manchester United this summer.

Last Updated: 17/05/13 at 15:52 Post Comment

Alan Pardew: Admits he is looking for a striker this summer

Alan Pardew: Admits he is looking for a striker this summer

This week, an article on the Sports Direct news website, which is linked to club owner Mike Ashley's business, claimed talks had taken place over a possible transfer.

This was fuelled by Rooney asking for a transfer away from Old Trafford.

However, the story was quickly retracted and Pardew is not expecting the club to renew their interest in the England international after making a failed £25million bid for him when he was a teenager with Everton.

"When Demba [Ba] went in January and we didn't secure [Loic] Remy, it was obvious that we were going to need to bring in a striker or two in this summer window, and hopefully we can," said Pardew.

"But Rooney won't be one of them, 100%, I can assure you."

Harper farewell

Pardew's current focus is on Sunday's Premier League clash with Arsenal, when Steve Harper is set to be given the chance to bid farewell to the St James' park faithful.

The 38-year-old is set to leave the club in the summer as his contract expires and will start against the Gunners with Tim Krul injured and Rob Elliot suspended.

"He's been a servant of this football club for 20 years and I've managed him for two and a half seasons.

"He's been an absolute superb professional in and around the place.

"And it's kind of ironic that this has turned out because I think he wants to continue playing next year and I think he's well worthy of a starting place next year - but perhaps somewhere else."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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