Magpies boss reports clean bill of health

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Alan Pardew says Sylain Marveaux and Demba Ba will both be raring to go next season, with a fresh-faced Newcastle squad set to take to the pitch for their second season in the Barclays Premier League since being relegated.

"They will be fit,” Pardew said of Ba and Marveaux. “Apart from James Perch, who has a slight problem, we have a clean bill of health going into the new season. And long may that continue.”

Hatem Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling also look set to make a return from injury next season, giving Pardew a large group of fresh players to choose from.


And the Newcastle manager isn’t finished with new signings for the summer either, with Pardew continuing to pursue Swansea star Neil Taylor.

A bid has so far been rejected by Swansea for Taylor, with first team coach Alan Curtis saying he understands that the 22-year-old will have a big decision to make over whether he heads to Newcastle or stays with Swansea..

"When a club like Newcastle come in for you it is bound to turn your head a little bit,” Curtis said. “There is turmoil in his head, but we know he was certainly very happy at the club last season.

"He came on in leaps and bounds, and he knows if he stays with us he is going to play games and his own game will continue to improve. But Newcastle is a far bigger club in terms of support and possibly tradition, so it is something Neil has got to work out for himself."

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