Transfer balls: Alan Pardew models Newcastle United on Blanc’s PSG
WITH most eyes on Newcastle United’s recruitment of Joe Kinnear, the club’s manager Alan Pardew has been largely overlooked. But he popped up recently to lambaste PSG boss Laurent Blanc’s public pursuit of the Magpies’ Yohan Cabaye.
“I don’t think it’s right. He can get on the phone to me, or make a bid. That’s the right way to do it.”
Blanc had opined:
“Yohan offers many things in midfield and can play in quite a few positions. He is an interesting player, and the midfield will be an area we will be strengthening because there will be departures.”
Make a bid. Get on the phone. Says Pardew:
“Both those players are on our list. I make no bones about that. But they are under contract at other clubs. It’s difficult, you have to be careful. It’s nice for our fans to hear names, but I don’t want to disrupt other clubs’ preparations. There’s been speculation, particularly about Darren. I think I can comment on that because it sounds like, at Villa, he’s not particularly involved.”
Such are the facts from Pardew, the man who mocked Arsenal for being too French before copying them. Maybe he sees Frenchman Blanc as his latest inspiration?