Newcastle boss Pardew warns suitors off his key players

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has said that the club are extremely unwilling to sell key players such as Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye and Tim Krul, whose futures are all said to be uncertain after a somewhat disappointing season, Sky Sports is reporting.

Cabaye in particular is rumoured to be keen on leaving after the club struggled to 16th place last season following their involvement in a tight relegation battle. The Tyneside club, however, are in a healthy position under the stewardship of Mike Ashley, meaning that only a very large offer will force them to sell.

Pardew explains: “I feel we are in a strong position financially to hold on to our players, if one of our top players goes, it will be a bid that blows the doors off. That’s it.

And Pardew, after parting company with James Perch, Danny Simpson, and long-serving goalkeeper Steve Harper, has turned his attentions making new signings, with no new arrivals having joined so far this summer.

The former West Ham boss has acknowledged speculation concerning Aston Villa’s out-of-favour striker Darren Bent, admitting that a new striker is his top priority.

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