Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has revealed that summer transfer possibilities are already being explored, after the Northern club all but secured their spot in the Barclays Premier League for next season.
“Yes we have [made approaches],” Pardew told the Journal, when asked about talking to potential signings.
“We’ve made contact with a few clubs about the availability of players, I think that’s important.”
Joey Barton, José Enríque and Kevin Nolan are still mulling over new deals, and while Nolan appears close to signing with Newcastle, and Barton is tipped to follow the Toon captain’s suit, Enrique admitted yesterday that a move might be on the cards.
Due to these outstanding contract negotiations, Pardew has refused to give a final budget for the transfer funds available to him this summer.
“I haven’t put a figure on it yet because it depends on the re-negotiations of players we have,” Pardew said.
“Joey, Enríque and Nolan are still outstanding and maybe others I won’t mention are there that we still need to secure.
“There’s a lot to be done, but the process has started, I can assure you of that.”
Newcastle have been connected with multiple players throughout Europe, in particular to replace starlet Andy Carroll, who departed for Liverpool in January for £35 million.
Pardew has assured fans that the search for a stikeforce has already begun, particularly with clubs outside England.
“We’re looking, Graham Carr and the scouting team are looking, we’re very much on the ball and understand exactly where the European market is and the targets we have.”