Newcastle Utd not interested in Liverpool’s Stewart Downing

Newcastle United's Cheick Tiote (left) and Rangers' Nicky Clark fight for the ball during  the pre season friendly match at Ibrox Stadium
Newcastle United's Cheick Tiote (left) and Rangers' Nicky Clark fight for the ball during the pre season friendly match at Ibrox Stadium

NEWCASTLE United are NOT interested in signing Liverpool’s Stewart Downing, according to manager Alan Pardew.

The club was yesterday linked with a cut-price move for the former Middlesbrough winger.

However, Pardew says 29-year-old Downing - whose days at Anfield look numbered - isn’t on Newcastle’s summer shopping list.

Asked if he was a target, Pardew said: “Not really. I don’t know where that really come from.

“There’s been no enquiry from, us and we have made no noises to Liverpool.”

Meanwhile, Pardew was heartened by Newcastle’s performance in last night’s 1-1 draw against Rangers at Ibrox.

Substitute Shola Ameobi scored a 90th-minute equaliser for United, who conceded an early penalty.

It was Ameobi’s fourth goal of pre-season. After taking a pass from his younger brother Sammy, he dinked the ball over advancing goalkeeper Cammy Bell.

“We missed so many chances beforehand,” said Pardew.

“It would have been easy for Shola to just snatch at that, but he dinked it nicely. He’s got that cool head.”

The game was punctuated by a series of tough challenges, but Pardew felt his players didn’t overstep the mark on the field.

Pardew went on: “You have to understand that with Rangers, the team isn’t perhaps where they should be.

“But in terms of us coming to Ibrox it was a big scalp for them still.

“A lot of the young players were very keen to show that. There were a few tasty things going on, although we handled ourselves well.”