Another Kick In The Nuts For Pardew

11 September 2011 02:12
Fulham's deadline-day signing Bryan Ruiz says he never considered accepting Newcastle's last-minute move for him. Ruiz sealed a £10million-plus move from Twente to Fulham on deadline day, but Newcastle launched a last-ditch attempt to persuade him to move there. The Magpies even had a helicopter on stand-by ready to whisk him away from Fulham's grasp but Ruiz insists that was never in his thinking. He was on of 15 strikers to snub a Newcastle bid during the summer transfer window. So WHY does Alan Pardew struggle to attract the big names? He said on Saturday: "I tell the board the players I want, then it is out of my hands". Bryan Ruiz: "I heard about the helicopter. Newcastle were interested but I had a good feeling about Fulham and wanted to stay here. "Martin Jol was a big influence on me. He told me he wants to combine the English and Dutch styles and he knows how I can fit into the team. "I can play as a number ten, a second striker, or on the left or right flank. I'm not a number nine but I've always scored goals. "I know people are expecting a lot from me here because Fulham have spent a lot of money on me."