Alan Pardew wants to loan out Newcastle United’s young guns Adam Campbell, Gael Bigirimana and Haris Vuckic – but he admits the club are struggling to generate interest in the trio.
United sent Dan Gosling to Blackpool last week and are open to offers for Gabriel Obertan, but the three young players they really want to loan out are yet to find any “takers”.
It is a puzzling development for Pardew, who believes that strikers Campbell and Vuckic – along with midfielder Bigirimana – need to play first-team football at a lower level to aid their progress.
Pardew is also prepared to loan out young defender Curtis Good, who looked impressive in making his Newcastle debut at Morecambe earlier this season.
There was interest from Bradford City in Vuckic but they have subsequently snapped up former Hull City striker Caleb Folan. Hartlepool United had an interest in Campbell, but it appears that he wants to play at League One level to try and get his Newcastle career back on track.
United fear that England under-20 international Bigirimana has stagnated since the end of last season and are keen for him to see more action too – and hope that the international break will prompt clubs to act.
“I think there are one or two players that we would love to loan out but we haven’t got the options,” Pardew told The Journal.
“Adam Campbell, Bigirimana and Haris (Vuckic), they need to go out on loan but we haven’t had the takers yet.”
United have used the loan system to their advantage in the past, with both Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett coming back stronger for spells away from the club last season.
Dummett’s progress while at St Mirren has fostered a fine relationship between the two clubs, and Campbell was offered the chance to go to Scotland before the start of the campaign – only to end up frustrated by a short stint at Carlisle.
Now United want to use the system again to help get the careers of three players who have plateaued back on track.
Bigirimana, in particular, made an instant impact at St James’ Park after moving to Tyneside from Coventry City.
However, his only appearance this season was in the Capital One Cup defeat of Morecambe.
And the youngster now finds himself behind Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita and Moussa Sissoko in the battle to play in his preferred midfield holding role.
One of United’s problems is that they want any club coming in for one of their younger players to offer some kind of guarantee that they will get minutes on the pitch.
Few Football League clubs appear ready to offer that guarantee, with Campbell’s move to Carlisle – and subsequent lack of minutes – an example of the flaws of that system.
Meanwhile, Loic Remy has told the French press that he appreciates the way he has been treated at Newcastle United.
The Magpies are determined to try and broker a permanent deal for the striker, who was non-committal about his own future over the weekend.
But having been called up to the France squad, he made it clear that he appreciates everything Newcastle have done for him since completing his loan move.
He said: “Today I have the good luck to play for a very good club that allows me to fully express myself, you need to make the most of times such as these.
“Last winter the manager already showed his faith in me, even though I chose to go to QPR instead.
“He has now shown faith in me a second time this summer, and I owe him in repaying that.”