Alan Pardew will welcome the end of the transfer window and the chance to concentrate on the rest of the season.
Pardew – who dismissed reports that claimed Newcastle had floated a swap deal involving Papiss Cisse and United strike target Luuk de Jong – suggested there had been “dialogue” between owner Mike Ashley and director of football Joe Kinnear this week.
That is understood to have centred aroud a move for Dutch striker De Jong, with Newcastle edging closer to a deal on that front. There remains a fair amount of work to do on finalising that deal, however, and Newcastle do not appear substantially closer on any other senior targets with the club fearing the form of Montpellier’s Remy Cabella has ruined their chances of striking a deal for the midfielder.
Pardew would prefer to fast-forward to the end of January and an end to the distractions.
“It is always a market that is moving quickly,” he said. “There has been a little bit more dialogue this week with Joe and Mike, with other clubs so you sense the market is moving.
“Not too many players have moved this week but it sounds like there will be some activity. Whether we are involved, we will have to wait and see.
“It is a little bit more time consuming during the transfer window. We will be pleased when it is shut and we can get on with the final part of the season.”