Newcastle ‘close’ to transfer breakthrough, says Pardew

ALAN PARDEW ... says finishing above Manchester United would be a good season for Newcastle United.
ALAN PARDEW ... says finishing above Manchester United would be a good season for Newcastle United.

NEWCASTLE United are ‘close’ to a transfer breakthrough, according to manager Alan Pardew.

The club is looking to strengthen its attacking options in this month’s transfer window.

Newcastle have been involved in discussions with Borussia Monchengladbach over a loan deal for striker Luuk de Jong.

And L’Equipe today claimed the club has had a bid rejected for Olympique Lyonnais midfielder Clement Grenier.

Pardew – who is adamant that United must sign a replacement for Yohan Cabaye should the midfielder be sold this month – is hopeful a new player will arrive before Friday night’s transfer deadline.

“We hope to sign a player outside the Cabaye situation,” said Pardew today. “We’re a little closer to that.”

United are also interested in Remy Cabella, though Montpellier are adamant the midfielder won’t be sold this month.