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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew. Picture credit: Andrew Winning / REUTERS

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew. Picture credit: Andrew Winning / REUTERS

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew. Picture credit: Andrew Winning / REUTERS

NEWCASTLE are gearing up for a tense conclusion to the January transfer window.

The Magpies began the month with director of football Joe Kinnear warning they may not make any new signings, while manager Alan Pardew once again voiced his hopes of hanging on to all his star men.

Three weeks on, there have been no arrivals or departures at St James' Park, but as Pardew learned within weeks of his arrival as manager in December 2010, that may not necessarily remain the case.

Indeed, the 52-year-old, who is currently on a warm-weather training camp with his players in Abu Dhabi, has developed something of a stock answer when asked about the transfer window.

He said at the weekend: "You never say never at this football club, for sure."

That year, the manager saw striker Andy Carroll sold to Liverpool for a staggering £35million on the final day of the winter window as owner Mike Ashley decided that offer was simply too good to refuse.

It was a decision which was greeted with fury by fans, but hindsight and Carroll's subsequent misfortunes have diluted that anger.

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This time around, France midfielder Yohan Cabaye is the focus of attention, and while there is no immediate appetite to cash in, a similarly outrageous bid could not be allowed to pass unconsidered.

Reports in France have suggested cash-rich Paris St Germain are ready to tempt Newcastle with a cheque for as much as €30million and way in excess of Arsenal's £10million summer offer for the 28-year-old, which was rejected out of hand.

Newcastle have been linked for much of the last few weeks with Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella, who, while not a direct replacement for Cabaye, is a long-term target. However, despite indications from his father that he will join the club this month, it is understood the intention is to try do a deal for the summer.

Montpellier chairman Laurent Nicollin said: "Discussions with leaders of Newcastle, as with other clubs, are open. We are ready to discuss. But a departure for Remy is not expected before June, it is a certainty."


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