The Silver Supremo told reporters:
“We know who we are watching and if there is any movement on them we may trigger ourselves. Agents keep offering us players but we scout our own targets. The players we have in mind all seem secure at their clubs.”
Also, when Pardew was asked if there was still the possiblity of a deal being on for potential prodigal son, Andy Carroll, Pardew reponded:
“Not as far as I’m aware.”
Though that was never really on in the first place, especially so after the Llambiasgate tapes. As to whether this is some kind of bluff, and the club are currently pursuing a previously unknown target, or it is a rallying cry to targets such as Mathieu Debuchy to commit further acts of rebellion is hard to say. One thing which isn’t hard to say however is that there will not be long to wait now as the transfer window will end on Friday, and that unless the club get a striker and possibly a defender in too, the club’s season will be very much subject to the vagaries of injury (especially with a European campaign to deal with), and possibly the African Cup of nations tournament. Cheik Tiote’s Ivory Coast and Demba Ba’s and Papiss Cisse’s Senegal will play each other in a two legged qualifier between 7-9 September and 12-14 October. If Senegal win the club could be in VERY serious trouble on the striker front, and if the favourites, Ivory Coast, win, we will still be without Tiote, though of course, the signing of pint sized defensive midfielder, Little Vurn, has been some very good news in that direction.
The striker problem still remains if nothing spectacular happens between now and Friday though.
PS: Since the time of writing this piece, it seems that Italian broadcaster, Sky Sport 24, is claiming that a €7 million (£5.5 million) fee has been agreed between Lille and the Real Madrid for the above mentioned Mathieu Debuchy, though it’s veracity is hard to ascertain at this stage.
If there IS anything in it, then at least one of our targets wasn’t as secure at his club as Pardew seems to think!