Alan Pardew feels that the time is right for Newcastle United to start looking at English-based players again.
United’s pursuit of Bafétimbi Gomis has run into a dead end as Newcastle consider their next move in a striker hunt that looks set to go right to the end of August.
Following the signing of Loic Remy, The Journal understands that United may not add another forward – although there continues to be interest in Darren Bent, who would represent a rare foray into the domestic market from the Magpies.
Newcastle’s focus remains on the French, Belgian and Dutch markets but Pardew believes it may change in the coming seasons. The club have run the rule over both Will Hughes of Derby and Blackpool’s Tom Ince this summer.
In an interview for The Journal’s Season Ticket pre-season supplement, Pardew says that Newcastle’s transfer blueprint has shifted this summer – and he sees the arrival of Joe Kinnear as a nod to the expansion of the club’s scouting network into the domestic market.
“What is important is that we keep a very, very close eye on English-based players and Joe (Kinnear), Graham and myself are very aware that although the French market has been massively successful for us we can’t take our eye off that,” said Pardew.
“We’re in the fabric of the scouting network there. We’re as good as Lyon, Paris Saint-Germain, St Etienne – our network is as good as theirs and because we’ve got Premier League finance and French players have been successful here their agents want to bring their players here and the players want to come here.
“We have a massive advantage there but we can’t constantly take that advantage and not take our eye off other parts of the world and also
the English market because we’re getting very close to the Uefa limit (on foreign players). We’ve lost Perchy, we almost lost Dan Gosling so it’s something we do need to focus on.
“Joe is very much aware that he does need to co-ordinate that and we need to make our search bigger.
“Graham can’t be everywhere – he can’t be all over England, all over Holland and France.
“That’s impossible. Our scouts can be and then Graham comes in near the end and I come in right near the end.”
United desperately need reinforcements ahead of the season and there has been general dismay at the way the Gomis deal has stalled recently.
Pardew feels that trying to recruit a striker in the current climate is a difficult business.
“This is constant with a striker because everyone wants a striker at their football club,” he told The Journal.
“Joe’s fallen on a difficult issue. Whether he’s here or Tottenham or wherever he was going to turn up it’s tough and I sympathise with him on that. But the bottom line is that’s his job to get them over the line.”
The long-running Gomis saga shows no signs of being revived, with Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas now claiming that Newcastle’s offer is “off the table”.
He spent yesterday talking up the chances of the France international signing a new contract with his current club rather than making the switch to St James’ Park that interests him.
He said: “I’m ready to make myself available to discuss the situation with Bafetimbi – I think we both need to swallow our pride, myself being the first.
“There are no offers currently on the table. Bafetimbi needs to play football.
“I believe it would be a mistake to stay entrenched in our current positions.”
“We have to work with his agent to find an amicable resolution that will see him happy to stay at Lyon.”