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18 Dec 2011 17:18:09

Pardew: '18 Premiership Managers Will Be Worried'

Alan Pardew believes only Roberto Mancini and Sir Alex Ferguson are the only two Premiership managers who know that their players are not for sale next month.

Alan Pardew: "The days of saying a player was simply not for sale, are gone.

"I should think Mancini could probably say that and possibly Alex Ferguson, but no-one else.

"I hate the window. All managers, whether you are in the second division and you are losing a player to the first, or you have a top first division striker and you lose him to the Championship, we are all the same.

"We could lose our players to the Champions League teams, so you are all on your guard.

"Players start manoeuvring and agents - it's not a very nice period.

"You never know with the window. It's such a minefield of possibilities.

"We have one or two players here that top clubs, I'm sure, will be interested in.

"But the one thing I would say on that is that they are going to have to pay a lot of money to take anybody out of here because we are obviously in a good position - not just on the playing side, but financially as well.

"Tiote is a big target because he's a great player, and great players are going to be targets.

"We are always on our guard with Cheik because we realise that to us, he is very, very important and it would be very, very difficult to get him out of here."


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