Newcastle United’s Alan Pardew confident of transfer breakthrough

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NEWCASTLE are hopeful of a transfer breakthrough over the next few days.

The club has lodged bids for Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy and Twente defender Douglas.

And tentative discussions have also taken place with Liverpool over a move for Andy Carroll, initially on a season-long loan.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, speaking from the Magpies’ tour base in Munich, would not be drawn on the identities of the three players he is looking to sign.

But he believes the club will be a significant player in this summer’s transfer market.

However, Pardew insists Newcastle will walk away from a deal if the price isn’t right.

“Any big player or good player that comes to the table, we need to be involved in it,” Pardew said.

“We need to know what is going on. What is the price? Can we do it? Can we afford it? If we can’t we go somewhere else.

“We want the best quality players, and at the moment we have three possible transfers actively being pursued in terms of bids and trying to get a deal where the other club gets what they want and we get what we want.”

Newcastle are understood to have tabled a £3million bid for Douglas, while an offer of up to £7m has been reportedly made for Debuchy.

Meanwhile, Pardew turned 51 yesterday, and he celebrated his birthday with his players at an Italian restaurant in Munich.

Earlier, the squad went white-water rafting in Augsburg on their day off.

Newcastle are back in action on Saturday, when they face Fenerbahce in Ritzing, Austria, live on ESPN.

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