ALAN Pardew says any club looking to sign one of his Newcastle United players must “blow the doors off”.
Pardew is braced for bids for midfielder Yohan Cabaye in the summer transfer window.
Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco are expected to harden up their interest in the 27-year-old later this month.
And other players are also attracting interest from clubs at home and abroad.
But Pardew, having held talks with director of football Joe Kinnear and football secretary Lee Charnley, is adamant that Newcastle are in a position to hold on to the likes of Cabaye – unless a huge bid is tabled.
“I feel we are in a strong position financially to hold on to our players,” Pardew said.
“If one of our top players goes, it’ll be a bid that blows the doors off. That’s it.”
There were no high-profile departures from St James’s Park last summer, though a number of squad players left, and Pardew - who lost leading scorer Demba Ba to Chelsea in January - is hopeful Cabaye will still be a United player when the transfer window closes.
“In terms of the big players, again, we have not sold anybody,” he said.
“We have players under long-term contracts here. Hopefully, we can add to that.”
While Newcastle kept their key players last summer, the squad wasn’t strong enough to cope with the rigours of Premier League, cup and European football.
With three departures having already been confirmed - experienced trio Steve Harper, Danny Simpson and James Perch have left - there is much work to be done between now and 11pm on September 2, when the transfer window closes.
“We are strong in some areas and weak in others,” said Pardew, who has admitted an interest in Aston Villa’s out of favour striker Darren Bent.
“I think it would be nice to strengthen in some areas.
“The obvious target is a striker, and we have four or five targets.
“It is difficult, because I know there is speculation particularly about Darren Bent.”
Meanwhile, talks are ongoing between United and Crystal Palace, who are looking to sign Dan Gosling, who is keen to leave for regular first-team football after a frustrating three years on the fringes at St James’s Park.
“There is a possibility Dan could move on, and we’re talking to a club at the moment,” added Pardew.
Palace co-chairman Steve Parish says a fee has yet to be agreed with Newcastle.
“No terms have been agreed, because we haven’t got an agreement with Newcastle United,” said Parish. “There have been a few conversations with them. Not on a fee, just details.
“Nothing has been agreed, it’s something we’ve made an enquiry about.”
Palace manager Ian Holloway worked with Gosling when he managed Plymouth Argyle, where the Devon-born player started his career.