Belfast Telegraph

Pardew has another target

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is awaiting the outcome of an approach for his second January transfer target.

Pardew was giving nothing away about the men in his sights after holding a strategy meeting with managing director Derek Llambias on Tuesday. However, he did confirm that the Magpies have registered their interest in a player 24 hours after completing a permanent move for French winger Hatem Ben Arfa.

"We have got an agenda that we are trying to follow through. We have a target that may work to another target, it depends, really," said Pardew.

"But we have made an enquiry to a club and we are waiting to hear back from them."

Pardew has made no secret of the fact that he was to strengthen the supply lines to his strikers during the winter window, and is understood to have an interest in Tottenham winger David Bentley among others.

Asked if the Spurs man is the type of player for which he is looking, he replied: "He is, I guess, the type.

"I don't think you need to be a genius to know that crosses will be a big part for us, and a player who can cross the ball with that accuracy would be an important player for us to add to the squad."

Pardew had also been buoyed by confirmation from Llambias and owner Mike Ashley that striker Andy Carroll will not be leaving St James' this month, with Spurs among his admirers.

He said: "It's important and it is good that Mike Ashley and Derek have made that commitment to say he is not for sale.

"We won't sell anyone that we don't feel needs to move on, and hopefully we can add to the squad."

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