Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

United Will Listen to Gutirrez Offers; Revamp of Pardew's Team Continues

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

United Will Listen to Gutirrez Offers; Revamp of Pardew's Team Continues

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

NEWCASTLE United will listen to offers for Jon[sz]s Gutirrez as the radical revamp of their squad continues. The arrival of French winger Sylvain Marveaux means another of the Magpies' "Three Amigos" has big question marks over his St James' Park future. And Leeds continue their pursuit of Alan Smith.

Getting rid of Joey Barton, though, could prove more difficult after the never less than controversial midfielder reiterated his desire to see out his contract. The arrival of 25-year-old Marveaux, announced late on Friday, was the latest step in the changing of the Gallowgate guard.

Captain Kevin Nolan has left for West Ham, Barton's fractious relationship with the club's hierarchy is starting to look terminal, Leeds are looking to re-sign Smith and doubts have begun to emerge over the future of keeper Steve Harper. Thus, the player's committee - so fundamental to bringing Newcastle back into the Premier League - appears to be being purged, and another influential group is also under attack.

With failed striker Xisco's St James' career effectively over, it is unclear how many of the Spanish speaking trio of Jos Enrique and Argentinians Gutirrez (pictured left) and Fabricio Coloccini will wear black-andwhite stripes next season.

Manager Alan Pardew is speaking openly of the possibility of left-back Enrique leaving, though to pretend otherwise would be delusional. Enrique has been dodging attempts to discuss an extension to his contract, which expires in 12 months. With interest from some of the biggest names in European club football, Newcastle would much rather cash in now than allow him to leave for free next year. "We are not confident we can keep him, but we are not scared of losing him," Pardew said of Enrique. They would also like to sell centre-back Coloccini, who performed impressively last season but earns around pounds 80,000 a week. That is a serious deterrent to suitors such as Sevilla, and there are few signs the defender is prepared to take the big pay cut probably needed to facilitate a move. However, isolating him by selling Enrique and Gutirrez could help change his attitude. …

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