Pardew looks for new Tiote
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is hoping to unearth another Cheick Tiote as he prepares to reshape his squad this summer.
The Magpies head for Liverpool on Sunday with the Ivory Coast international's hugely impressive first season in the Barclays Premier League drawing to a close following his bargain £3.5million switch from Dutch club FC Twente.
Pardew said: "That's not easy, not for the sort of fee we paid. There are players like Cheick out there, but they are a lot more money than we paid for Cheick. It's difficult, but it's something that [chief scout] Graham Carr, myself and my scouting team are all on top of."
Successive draws against Manchester United and Blackpool have eased Newcastle towards securing their Premier League status, their sole aim for the current campaign.
Pardew will bring in new faces this summer, while at the same time attempting to tie up the likes of skipper Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique on new contracts.
He said: "Getting players over the line, whether they are players you have at the club already or new players, is one of the most difficult parts of the game, convincing players that the future here is bright, which I think it is.
"We have got a good foundation to go forward now, so attracting players shouldn't be a problem and hopefully the financial side of it, we can find.
"We are competing against Champions League teams and foreign teams - it's always difficult. They (deals) are not going to be done quickly, but hopefully they will be done."