Alan Pardew is in London today to discuss Newcastle United’s transfer strategy with Joe Kinnear and Mike Ashley.
The Magpies are relaxed about the January transfer window, confirming to Monday’s fans forum they would not be making any signings in it unless a player came along at the right price.
The club would like to make Loic Remy’s loan permanent, but with uncertainty over the France striker that will probably wait until the end of the season, with his current manager Harry Redknapp warning he values the player at £16m.
That probably explains why the transfer window has been open a week without a meeting between Pardew, owner Ashley and director of football Kinnear – although preliminary discussions are sure to have taken place beforehand. And despite the apparent lack of urgency to add to the squad, Pardew feels it is vital they get around the table.
“It’s an important time for me, Joe and Mike to talk,” he said. “(Secretary) Lee Charnley is involved in that process as well and us four, along with (chief scout) Graham Carr, will be having a couple of meetings during the month to bring everything together. We’re all fielding different types of phone calls so we need to bring everything together and see where we’re at. We’ll do that this week, then perhaps again towards the end of the window (which closes at 11pm on January 31).”
Remy, Newcastle’s top scorer this term with ten goals, is on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers. Remy joined the Rs 12 months ago – in preference to the Magpies – on a four-and-a-half-year contract.
QPR manager Redknapp has said the Championship club should sell Remy – who scored six times for them in the second half of last season – for £16m.“You would think they (Newcastle) would want to snap him up because if they don’t somebody else will for that money,” he said.
“We paid £8m and he’s worth double that because of the goals he’s scored in the Premier League. He would be a great player if he came back, but he wanted to go.
“He’s not going to want to come back here and play in the Championship.
“If someone came in and offered £16m for him I would sell him if it was my choice.”
QPR are third in the Championship, five points adrift of leaders Leicester City.
Remy’s situation is complicated because he is on bail on suspicion of rape after an alleged incident in May.
With Papiss Cisse continuing to look short of confidence even after scoring only his second goal from open play in Saturday’s FA Cup defeat to Cardiff City, back-up for Remy is something Pardew will ask Kinnear to look into however, with long-term target Luuk de Jong one of the players linked.
The club steadfastly refused to comment on that name – or any other – at the recent fans forum, the minutes of which were published yesterday afternoon. But they gave little encouragement to those hoping for fresh blood in the coming weeks.
“The board (represented at the meeting by Charnley and finance director John Irving) explained its view was that the current squad is stronger than it has been for some time,” said the minutes. “It was stated that if the right player became available for the right price, perhaps the club would bring someone into the squad. If not, it would not add to it.”
Meanwhile, former striker Michael Chopra has been fined £10,000 for criticising current club Blackpool’s training regime on Twitter.
Chopra, who also played for Sunderland, has been fined the maximum amount after describing a session as a “joke”, among with some other more choice adjectives.