Pardew looking to boost Newcastle squad

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is focusing his efforts on bolstering his squad this summer rather than concentrating on potential departures.

After leading the Magpies to fifth in the Premier League and a place in the Europa League next season the 50-year-old is having to fend off interest from a number of top clubs for his top players.

In the weeks since the 2011/12 campaign came to it’s conclusion Demba Ba, Tim Krul, Hatem Ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote have all been linked with moves away from Tyneside to clubs capable of offering Champions League football.

The quartet starred in the clubs resurgence over the past 12-months but under the ownership of Mike Ashley but

But Pardew and his recruitment staff are ignoring such conjecture and are spending their time running the rule over targets as they prepare for their first European adventure in six-years.

Hold the Evening Chronicle: “We haven’t lost anybody yet, despite all of the speculation. We are working to bring in a couple of people to improve the squad.

“[Owner] Mike [Ashley] has made it clear he is committed to the club and we are working through the process of bringing players in.”

Newcastle are currently trying to broker deals for Lille full back Mathieu Debuchy and Twente striker Luuk de Jong having bids for both players turned down last week.

Pardew revealed he’s kept tabs on Debuchy and De Jong whilst they represented France and Holland respectively at the European Champions.

He said: “Myself and [chief scout] Graham Carr are keeping an eye on the players we have been tracking during Euro 2012 and seeing how they have performed.”

It was reported today that the Newcastle are also monitoring Celtic striker Victor Wanyama as they prepare to let Leon Best join Blackburn in a £2 million deal.

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