Alan Pardew admits that Newcastle United have struggled to afford English players with a recent enquiry to sign someone 'unproven' met with a request for £14 million.
English talent at a premium
Newcastle have enjoyed a good amount of success in recent times by bringing in players from France in which has invited criticism from some quarters about their recruitment model - something that Pardew is well aware of.
With Luke Shaw joining Manchester United in a £30million deal and Adam Lallana having signed for Liverpool for a fee in the region of £25million, Pardew has insisted that these types of fees are out of his club's reach.
Pardew also revealed that he had some serious interest in an England born-and-bred player but he was forced to scrap any plans in relation to this target because of the very reason of the price that was placed upon his head.
"The fees being paid for players such as Luke Shaw and, it seems, Adam Lallana, illustrates an important point that supporters need to understand,” Pardew said.
"Clubs like Newcastle get accused of not signing English players, but these are prices mid-table teams in the Premier League simply cannot afford, unlike Champions League clubs with their extra revenue.
"We recently enquired about an unproven player not in the side at one of our top clubs, and we were asked £14million. He will not be joining.
"Yet we can pick up players such as Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko for reasonable fees, all of who have been starring for France at the World Cup."
Newcastle, meanwhile, have completed the signing of Siem de Jong from Ajax on a six-year deal, although it appears unlikely the former Ajax captain will be joined by any Englishmen this summer.
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