ALAN Pardew hopes that Newcastle United’s targets flop at Euro 2012 – so the club isn’t priced out of the market.
A clutch of players involved in the European Championships have been watched by Pardew and his staff this season.
Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy, a close friend of Magpie Yohan Cabaye, is a possible replacement for Danny Simpson, should he leave this summer.
Debuchy was yesterday named in Laurent Blanc’s provisional France squad along with Montepellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, who has also been linked with a move to Newcastle.
Pardew’s scouting team, headed up by Graham Carr, will track their progress at the championships, which is being staged in Poland and Ukraine, and the fear is that a target’s price goes through the roof on the back of a strong tournament before a deal can be done.
However, the flipside is that some players’ valuations will drop.
“We’ll be represented at the Euros,” Pardew said.
“There are a couple of players we’re looking at, and as far as I’m concerned, I hope they have an awful one!”
“The valuations will go up and down – we’ll look at that.
“Someone’s reputations will go through the roof, and someone’s won’t.
“That might affect the price.”
While Newcastle, ideally, want to do their summer transfer business early, that is only possible if the selling club is ready to come to the table.
Pardew says many clubs will hold off doing business until after the tournament in the hope that their assets increase in value.
“Most clubs want to hold off to see how their players do,” added Pardew.
Meanwhile, Yohan Cabaye says the whole is greater than the sum of the parts at Newcastle.
The midfielder was an influential figure in the club’s fine season, which ended with a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League.
Cabaye left Lille last summer looking for a new challenge after helping the club to the French double.
His decision to join Newcastle was questioned in France.
However, Cabaye hasn’t looked back since crossing the Channel.
The 26-year-old, in Laurent Blanc’s preliminary Euro 2012 squad, has no regrets about joining United.
Cabaye, already looking forward to playing in the Europa League next season.
“Finishing fifth was beyond the expectations of the club and fans,” said Cabaye.
“We had a long unbeatean run at the start of the season, which helped gain confidence.”
Cabaye is part of a growing group of French and Francophone players, among them Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba, Sylvain Marveaux and Papiss Demba Cisse.
And fitting into to United’s multi-national and multi-cultural dressing room was easy.
“There are many French and African players here, as at Arsenal, so there isn’t a language barrier, which makes things easier,” added Cabaye, signed for a cut-price £4.3m after being identifield by the club’s chief scout, Graham Carr.
“We get along well with everyone – there really is a good atmosphere in this group. We do not exclude anyone.”
Cabaye is a certainty to make the Blanc’s final squad for the summer’s European Championships, where France meet England in the group stage.
And he credits his move to the Premier League with helping his international career.
Asked about his move to Newcastle, Cabaye told French radio station RMC: “Newcastle was the only club with which negotiations were initiated.
“This was the only real offer I received, but I did not go there by default.
“After the title and the Cup victory in France, I think collectively and individually it was not possible to do more.
“I needed to grow, and I’m really happy with my choice.
“It even helped me to play more with Les Bleus.”