Newcastle Utd under no pressure to sell in January

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew with Yohan Cabaye
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew with Yohan Cabaye

ALAN Pardew’s adamant that Newcastle United are under “no pressure” to sell in January.

The club is braced for transfer-window bids for players, with Yohan Cabaye one of its most saleable assets.

But Pardew says owner Mike Ashley isn’t looking for United to offload anyone in the New Year.

Cabaye this week said he “missed” Champions League football, but the midfielder – who attempted to force through a move to Arsenal in August – also reiterated his commitment to Newcastle between now and the end of the season.

And Pardew, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s Premier League home game against West Bromwich Albion, feels his eighth-placed team is in “good shape” on and off the pitch.

“At the minute, we’re under no pressure for anyone to leave,” Pardew said.

“We have no financial restrictions from Mike, so we’re in good shape.”

However, Pardew admits, in the longer term, there are no guarantees on outgoings, as he found out with striker Andy Carroll, who was sold to Liverpool for £35m soon after he took charge at St James’s Park.

The proceeds of that sale were eventually used to bring in a numbers of players, among them Cabaye.

“Sometimes you lose a player ... look at when we lost Andy Carroll,” he added.

“He was 22 years old and playing for England. He was a young player from the city, but we’re done brilliantly with that money.

“It was a brilliant sale for us. That money’s been used to strengthen the group and bring in quality players.

“We might need to do that again. We might have to do that to get where we want to go. We have to accept that.”

Pardew insists he shares Cabaye’s Champions League ambition, though he admitted Newcastle are “far” from returning to the competition after a 10-year absence in his pre-match Press conference, despite the fact his team are just two points off fourth-placed Manchester City.

And asked about Cabaye’s interview, and captain Fabricio Coloccini’s insistence last week that he still wanted to join Argentinian club San Lorenzo, Pardew said he felt they answered “loaded” questions.

“It’s very difficult to be asked questions and get it perfect,” he added. “I’ve made many mistakes with questions.

“Players get tripped up. Come on, (Cabaye) wants to play in the Champions League. I want to manage in the Champions League.

“Of course, if you’re asked that question, you’re going to answer it one way. You’re not going to say you like playing for fifth or sixth place in the Premier League.

“We’re all trying to achieve our ultimate dream of winning trophies and playing in the Champions League.”