Pardew confirms interest in Loic Remy and Darrent Bent
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has confirmed he is interested in signing Aston Villa's Darren Bent and QPR's Loic Remy.
The move for Bent comes as no surprise as the Daily Telegraph revealed it last month, but the fresh interest in Remy is strange given Newcastle's former managing director Derek Llambias and owner Mike Ashley were furious with the player in January when he decided on the day he was due on Tyneside for a medical to sign a more lucrative contract for QPR instead.
It is difficult to see the Magpies signing both, but Pardew has cranked up the pressure on the club's new director of football, Joe Kinnear, to start delivering the players he and chief scout Graham Carr have recommended.
Kinnear is currently on holiday, a strange decision given this is normally a busy time of year as the transfer window is open and players return for the start of pre-season training.
"I'm looking at Joe," said Pardew, who has made it clear he will not tolerate any interference in first team affairs from Kinnear.
"He says he wants to get us a striker and I'm pretty sure he wants to do that. Every sign he has given is he can't do any more at the minute to get that over the line. I want to strengthen up top and down the left side."
Asked directly by the Newcastle Journal about Bent and Remy, Pardew replied. "Both of those players are on our list. I make no bones about that.
"But they are under contract at other clubs. It's difficult, you have to be careful. It's nice for our fans to hear names, but I don't want to disrupt other clubs' preparations.
"We have a list of four or five strikers who will push Papiss Cisse, Shola Ameobi, Adam Campbell and Yoan Gouffran because that will be important next season.
"We do need two strikers. Last year, I didn't think there was enough competition in that area for a Premier League team."
Newcastle, though, are also braced for a bid for midfielder Yohan Cabaye. The France international wants to quit St James' Park this summer and admitted last month that he would "let his agents work for him" this summer to try and secure a move.
Paris Saint Germain manager Laurent Blanc has talked regularly about his interest in Cabaye, but Pardew is unimpressed about the way they are doing things.
"He can get on the phone to me or make a bid," said Pardew. "I think that's the right way to do it.
"I think the way it's come out isn't perhaps respectful to Yohan. That's something I want to talk to him about."