Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 26 July 2014

Pardew undecided over Beckham move

David Beckham

Alan Pardew admits he is unsure whether or not David Beckham is a realistic transfer target for Newcastle.

Beckham could be set for a sensational return to English football this month, with Tottenham the Barclays Premier League club who have expressed the firmest interest so far in signing the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder on loan.

Asked if Beckham might be an option for the Magpies, Pardew said: "I don't know. I think he is a player that could play in this team and could add something to this squad, but whether he is available to us, I am not aware of yet."

Pardew, whose team won 1-0 at Wigan on Sunday, wants to bolster his attack in the transfer window and has also been linked with Spurs duo David Bentley and Robbie Keane.

When asked about the pair, the manager said: "I can't say we haven't spoken to Spurs because I was speaking to them last week and we talked about players. I think they want to do some movement and we want to do some movement.

"Whether we take a player from Spurs is a question I can't answer, but we are looking at the market and we want to bring an offensive player in."

Newcastle triumphed at the DW Stadium without injured top-scorer Andy Carroll thanks to a close-range finish from his replacement Shola Ameobi, who pounced in the 19th minute after a defensive error by Steven Gohouri.

Afterwards, Pardew stressed that reports Carroll's thigh injury might keep him out for over a month were wide of the mark, suggesting the 21-year-old England international could come into contention for the Tyne-Wear derby with Sunderland on January 16 which follows Newcastle's league match against West Ham and FA Cup third round tie at Stevenage.

"We debated when he got this injury how serious it was with the medical staff and the answer is that we don't know," Pardew said. "He will definitely miss West Ham (on Wednesday) and I think he'll definitely miss Stevenage (next Saturday), but talking to the boy, he thinks he is ready for Sunderland already.

"I've got to make a call on that game as to whether he is putting himself at risk and we'll have to see, but it's touch-and-go."

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