Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pardew Confident of Getting His Men; Manager Confident of Getting Signings

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pardew Confident of Getting His Men; Manager Confident of Getting Signings

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ALAN Pardew admits that Newcastle United are playing a game of "brinkmanship" in their bid to land left-back and striker targets - but remains confident that selling clubs will crumble before deadline day, writes MARK DOUGLAS.

The United boss (pictured left) wants PSV Eindhoven leftback Erik Pieters and a forward in before the end of the window, but has seen his efforts stall as Newcastle's power brokers continue to studiously monitor the bottom line.

They have begun negotiations with PSV but Pieters' agent Hakim Slimani has confirmed to The Journal that no agreement has been reached between the two clubs yet, which has held up any potential deal.

United are prepared to pay around pounds 5.5million for the player while the Dutch club are looking for between pounds 6m and pounds 7m for the Dutch international.

Pardew says such an approach is "understandable" given the delicate nature of negotiations but believes it is no cause for alarm - yet. "I think there is a little of brinkmanship going on and I think that's understandable," he said.

"If clubs are resigned to losing a player they want the best possible price so when a transfer becomes close, suddenly a lot of other clubs and the press seem to know about it. And all sorts of accusations fly around. But when you cut through it there will be a deal made, and we're hoping to do the two deals we need." The United boss also reckons that the move will not go down to the wire on deadline day, although he refused to discount the possibility when he was pressed for a timescale on incoming players. "It depends what accelerates the process," he said. "Obviously there's one or two big moves that may happen. I don't think they're going to happen last minute, the other clubs will want to do business too. "But by our own example it can happen. For us I think we would like to do our business before then but if goes to that time, that is time it will go too." On Pieters specifically, United have made him their priority left-back target after baulking at the price of Lyon left-back Aly Cissokho. …

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