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Pardew issues transfer warning

Alan Pardew says clubs will have to "blow the doors off" to stand any chance of landing Newcastle's big-name players.

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Alan Pardew: Targeting a proven striker

Alan Pardew: Targeting a proven striker

Stars such as Tim Krul, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye and Hatem Ben Arfa have all been linked with moves away from St James' Park.

However, with the Magpies in a healthy financial position, Pardew has warned that it will take a breathtaking offer to persuade owner Mike Ashley 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."

Newcastle are yet to strengthen the squad which finished a disappointing 12th in the Premier League last season, while Steve Harper, Danny Simpson and James Perch have all left the club.

Pardew is keen to recruit a proven striker with Aston Villa's Darren Bent, with whom he worked briefly at Charlton, among his targets.

He said: "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."

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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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