Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has downplayed speculation linking his star players with a move away from the club this summer.

Spearheading the club's surge into the Premier League's top six, Demba Ba, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye and Tim Krul have all been linked with moves away from the Sports Direct Arena.

Victory over West Bromwich Albion on Sunday gives the Toon an eight point gap over seventh placed Liverpool, and Pardew is hoping to build on his talented squad, not see it decimated in the summer.

"Speculation is part of the game and I have no problem with that - but all of our best players are on long-term contracts here," said Pardew.

"Anyone who looks at this football club will know we are difficult sellers. Someone is going to have to pay a lot of money to take one of our players away - especially considering where we are right now and are having success.

"We have some really, really good players here. My focus is to ensure that they are focused. If we can get one win and something from the other two, or get a couple of wins, then we are really well set for the last six.

"If we do it, it's not just a great reward for the players but it will help attract players. I said last week, we must now focus on that, change our goals to focus on Europe."

Manchester United have been heavily linked with both top scorer Ba, as summer recruit from Lille Cabaye, both of whom scored against the Premier League champions during January's meeting between the two.

Liverpool were also linked with a move for Ba, given their scoring troubles in front of goal this season, and the suspension of Luis Suarez.

Chelsea have additionally been linked with both Tim Krul, arguably the division's most consistent goalkeeper, and Tiote, as the club continue their rebuilding process with the careers of the likes of Petr Cech and Frank Lampard coming to an end.

Both Liverpool and United are unlikely to launch a bid for Ba come the summer, however the Old Trafford club's Champions League pedigree might be enough to bring in Cabaye.

United have also been linked with a move for Tiote in the past, given their midfield problems with Darren Fletcher's comeback date yet to be confirmed and questions over Paul Scholes' longevity following his mid-season return.

With Chelsea's Champions League spot for next season yet to be confirmed, after their draw with Tottenham Hotspur, a move for Krul or Tiote is likely to be put on hold.

Furthermore, without a manager for next season, the Blues' summer plans will be put on the back burner.

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