Pardew Fears Another Andy Carroll Dilemma

08 December 2011 12:16
Alan Pardew has been working with managing director Derek Llambias on new deals for a number of players whose contracts are running down.

As yet there has been no breakthrough and Pardew hinted a fortnight ago that he could be forced to listen to offers in January if there is little sign of progress.

While Danny Guthrie and Peter Lovenkrands are both out of contract next summer, the two deals Pardew is most keen on sorting are those belonging to Fabricio Coloccini and Danny Simpson.

Both have a further season to run on their existing deals, but Newcastle are keen to know that they are in a position of strength before either head in to the final 12 months of their deals.

Alan Pardew: "As a manager I want my captain to be secured, they all seem to rumble on at this football club.

"Hopefully we can strike a deal with the three we're talking to.

"I'd like to keep all the players here because they are doing terrific, but with success comes high expectations from the players and agents and we have to cope with that."

Guthrie and Lovenkrands could leave next summer as free agents and the latter has even suggested he will be looking for a move in January after failing to become a regular under Pardew.

The difference, though, is that Coloccini and Simpson are saleable assets, while Guthrie and Lovenkrands will not be valued too highly in the transfer market because of the length remaining on their contracts.

It promises to be a crucial period for Newcastle as Mike Ashley will, once again, have "£ signs" in his eyes. How can we forget last January when Pardew ranted for six solid weeks: "I'm sick of telling clubs - Andy Carroll is not for sale at ANY price" . then see Ashley sell him with 15 minutes left of the transfer window.