Alan Pardew has reassured fans there is no cause for alarm just yet in Newcastle's pursuit of a replacement for Jose Enrique, although the club is currently struggling to do business with PSV Eindhoven regarding Erik Pieters.
The Dutch club are thought to be requesting around £7 million for the left-back, although the Magpies are only prepared to stump up £5.5 million.
This deadlock, however, is 'understandable' says Pardew, and the Toon boss expects an outcome to the situation soon enough.
“I think there is a little of brinkmanship going on and I think that’s understandable,” he said.
“If clubs are resigned to losing a player they want the best possible price so when a transfer becomes close, suddenly a lot of other clubs and the press seem to know about it.
"And all sorts of accusations fly around. But when you cut through it there will be a deal made, and we’re hoping to do the two deals we need.”
Pieters, for his part, wants to join Newcastle, although his agent has confirmed no talks between the two parties will take place until a deal is struck.
“At this moment it’s not in our hands so it is difficult to say how close it is to being concluded," Hakim Slimani told The Journal.
"This is for the clubs to decide but what you have read is true, Erik would like to go to Newcastle and play in the Premier League.
“Both parties must agree a fee first, we will not hold talks with Newcastle until that happens.”
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