After signing Johan Cabaye, Alan Pardew has now turned his attentions to Switzerland international Tranquillo Barnetta and Birmingham's Craig Gardner, according to the Daily Mail.
Barnetta starred for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundeliga this season, and is a regular on the Switzerland team. Newcastle have long been interested in the 26-year-old, and will be looking to make their move with Pardew seeing the £6 million price tag as a bargain for the star.
Barnetta has also reportedly made it clear that he is ready to leave Bayer, with England poised to be the midfielder’s favoured destination.
Meanwhile, Sunderland looked to be in pole position to pick up Birmingham’s Craig Gardner, but Pardew is confident that Newcastle will be able to meet their cross town rival’s £5 million bid for the star.
Gardner gave his biggest hint that he was planning to leave his newly-relegated club today when he told reporters: “I don’t know. It’s a difficult one [on his future].
“I’m unsure exactly what is happening behind the scenes and what the board are thinking.
“Where are we going, what are we planning to do? I don’t know. At the end of the day, like every player, you have to think of your career. Everything is up in the air at the moment.”
The comments will no doubt boost Newcastle in their pursuit of the 24-year-old, particular now with the northern side on the lookout for a replacement for outgoing Kevin Nolan.
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