ALAN Pardew has signalled the start of a clearout at Newcastle United – ahead of a hoped-for influx of arrivals.
The Magpies manager says the future of a number of players is likely to lie away from St James’s Park.
Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan are understood to be among those who will be allowed to leave United, who ended the Premier League season in 10th.
Out-of-contract Dan Gosling hasn’t been offered a new deal, while Shola Ameobi is likely to have also played his last game for his hometown team, with the long-serving striker’s deal also expiring this summer, when the squad will be rebuilt.
There are also question marks over the future of a number of other players, among them Jonas Gutierrez and Shane Ferguson, who both had loan spells last season.
And Pardew, whose job is safe despite a dismal few months on the field, has been “advising” players about their futures ahead of a hectic few months off the pitch.
“I think there are some players here that need new clubs,” Pardew said. “I’ll be advising them that it might be better to move on.”
Pardew was this week understood to be involved in detailed discussions with owner Mike Ashley and managing director Lee Charnley.
The trio have been reviewing last season and plotting Newcastle’s summer transfer business with input from chief scout Graham Carr, who has drawn up lists of potential targets.
With half a dozen departures expected and January sale Yohan Cabaye to be replaced, United faces a challenging few months.
The name of Remy Cabella, Montpellier’s attacking midfielder, won’t go away.
Cabella was the subject of interest from United in the wake of Cabaye’s £20million sale to Paris Saint-Germain, and the club is expected to renew its interest in the 24-year-old, who will be allowed to leave this summer.