Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is hopeful that skipper Kevin Nolan will come to a new agreement with the club, as the summer transfer window approaches.
"We want to secure Kevin - I certainly do," Pardew said.
Nolan has starred for Newcastle through a difficult period for the club – not only did the Toon change managers mid season, they also lost starlet striker Andy Carroll in the January transfer window.
But despite these setbacks, the side finished 12th and had a fair stab at a top ten placing, and while Pardew says it won’t be easy, the Newcastle manager believes he will keep his captain.
"They are difficult deals, but that's the process you face in the Premier League,” Pardew said of working out an agreement with Nolan.
"Every contract at this level is difficult and Kevin's will be no less difficult than anybody else."
Should Nolan commit to Newcastle, Joey Barton is expected to follow suit. The midfielder has recently been a target for Liverpool, and Barton has expressed doubt in the future of the Newcastle squad, but the controversial star admitted that if Nolan signed he would most likely do so too.
"I'm going to wait and see if players like Kevin Nolan, Cheick Tiote and Jose Enrique stay,” Barton recently told reporters.
"If Nolan signs a new deal, I will as well. But I hope the club step things up. I want to be ambitious and I think the club share that desire."