Sunday 8 December 2019

Pardew hopeful Coloccini will stay on

Norwich City 0 Newcastle Utd 0

Arindam Rej

Alan Pardew is confident he will win the battle to keep captain Fabricio Coloccini at Newcastle with a series of meetings involving the manager, player and board lined up this week.

It will be a busy week for Pardew, who is frustrated by his lack of striking options. With Papiss Cisse playing in a lone striker role here and looking isolated, Pardew was left to rue the fact that a deal to sign a forward has not been done yet. Pardew is close to securing the transfer of Loic Remy from Marseille, although he faces competition from Tottenham.

Signing central defenders will become a priority, though, if Coloccini goes. The Argentinian has told the club he wants to leave due to his wife's poor health. Although Pardew publicly claimed the situation can be resolved this week, the practicalities will cause complications. Coloccini's father has insisted the player wants to return to Argentina, but the 30-year-old centre-back has more than three years remaining on his contract with Newcastle, who do not want to loan him out. Severance or compensation could become an issue. "We are going to try and resolve it," Pardew said.

Norwich boss Chris Hughton is also looking at strengthening, but only at the right price. "At this time of year, you are going to be quoted prices that are above players' actual values," he said. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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