Papiss Demba Cisse - who is unwilling to wear a Wonga-branded jersey this coming season on religious grounds - wasn’t seen at the club’s Benton training ground on Monday.
Talks are ongoing with Cisse, a devout Muslim, and his representatives, but the situation is a delicate one, and the 28-year-old’s future at the club appears to be in the balance.
Cisse's agent has already told Pardew that he either plays his client in an out-and-out string position or he will look for a move.
And with Pardew saying two new strikers will arrive soon ... do you get the feeling Cisse's days on Tyneside are numbered.
As for the shirt situation, the player wants to wear a charity logo rather than Wonga.
Here's an idea - as Wonga are paying the players wages in their sponsorship deal - why not LET Cisse wear the Oxfam shirt, and let Oxfam pay his wages!
Source: Newcastle United Mad