Alan Pardew: Newcastle United had to ‘fend off offers’ for players
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew reveals he was happy to keep his squad intact after a quiet summer of transfer activity
Alan Pardew has revealed Newcastle United were forced to “fend off a few offers” for some of the club’s top players as the summer transfer drew to a close.
The Magpies manager signed Vurnon Anita from Ajax in a £6.7m deal, while also snapping up Curtis Good and Coventry City’s Gael Bigirimana.
But despite the lack of a big-name arrival, Pardew is delighted with the strength of his squad, and was particularly pleased to keep hold of his key players.
“The fans should realise that we have not done too badly in the transfer window as we have kept our players, added some a few more and head into the campaign with a stronger squad than we had last season,” Pardew said.
“We have had to fend off a few offers in the last few weeks and all credit to my board for turning them away. Now we can concentrate on football, rather than speculation over players and I welcome that.
“I’m not alone in believing the transfer window should be shut before we start the Premier League season. The current set-up only benefits the top sides, as they have the power to unsettle players and get what they want in the final few days of the window.”
Newcastle were drawn alongside Bourdeaux, Club Brugge and Maritimo in the Europa League group stage, and Pardew insisted he would be relying on his full squad for the European ties.
“We will use all of our squad for the European matches and right so because everyone in my squad should be ready to play when called upon,” Pardew added.
“I make no excuses for saying the Premier League has to be our priority if we want to move this club forward in the right manner, but there can be space for Europa League football in our agenda, as well as the domestic cup competitions.”