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Pardew turns tables on transfer talk

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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has moved to quash speculation surrounding some of his best players.

 

Numerous stories have claimed Toon stars such as Demba Ba, Cheick Tiote and Fabricio Coloccini are set for January departures.

 

Pardew rejected these rumours and revealed he is actually looking to bring more signing into the Sports Direct Arena.

 

“Our fans are sold these smokescreens and it's not fair on them. They just want to have honesty and the truth in both those is far from what has been portrayed,” he said.

 

“We are trying to get the best possible players with the budgets we have, and we are working hard at that.

 

“(Chief scout) Graham Carr does a terrific job for us, as his scouting team does and as my staff do, so on that side of it we are really trying to cover everything we can.”

 

The former West Ham United boss was sceptical about the effectiveness of business being done in January and claimed the market was easily distorted.

 

“It's difficult. If one of the big players makes a move, it stimulates the market, but it looks like everybody is jostling as usual,” he added.

 

“Hopefully we are not going to have this last-day scenario, or the last few days, that we had in the last window which really affected us.

 

“We have made it clear to all the clubs that if there is any business to be done with us, you had better get in quickly because obviously we are stained from last year.

 

“But looking around and speaking to other managers it's very difficult to get value in this window and we are all a bit wary of that.”

 

Newcastle will be looking to carry on the form that saw them comprehensively beat Manchester United last week.

 

They face a home tie against newly promoted QPR and their new manager Mark Hughes on Sunday afternoon.

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