ALAN Pardew has dismissed the latest round of speculation surrounding Tim Krul and Davide Santon by saying not even an “extraordinary offer” would tempt him to part with the club’s marquee names.
Krul was linked with Milan this week along with Santon in a move which further ramped up the anxiety of a troubling week on Tyneside. However, Pardew insists clubs would be wasting their time making an enquiry about either his goalkeeper or left-back, saying they are not for sale at any point.
That is a significant assertion from Pardew, who has rolled back from offering assurances on his players’ futuresin the wake of the Andy Carroll sale – which came despite repeated insistence they would not be selling the number nine.
He said: “No, I’m not fielding calls on that because I’m not contemplating anyone going out.
“I’ve not even given it the slightest thought. Even if we got an extraordinary offer the answer would be a ‘no’. There is no point ringing us.”
United welcome Steven Taylor back into the squad for tomorrow’s home game against Reading, where he will join Yohan Cabaye – who is set to start his first game since November.
However, they need new recruits and Pardew is “as confident as he can be” they are making progress.
He added: “I’m confident I have an aggressive board.
“I don’t do the contracts. My part in the Rémy deal was very much just comforting the player in terms of coming into what would be a strange city for him.
“The finance side I don’t do, but I am as confident as I can be we are the most aggressive.
“We have been since I’ve been at the club.
“I don’t think we will get to the panic scenario.
“That doesn’t mean to say we won’t do a deal fors someone on the last day of the transfer window. You must always leave that open because something could trigger events.”