ALAN Pardew says Newcastle United will continue to search for overseas bargains – believing many English youngsters do not represent value for money, writes DANIEL PRINCE.
Newcastle have not paid a transfer fee for an established English player in Pardew’s time on Tyneside.
James Perch, who joined in 2010, is the last senior English player to have been bought by Newcastle, though they did sign Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback on a free transfer earlier this month.
Instead, the Magpies have concentrated on finding value for money in the foreign market, particularly in France.
Pardew watched with interest last week as Manchester United paid a fee reportedly in excess of £30m for Southampton’s 18-year-old left-back, Luke Shaw.
Liverpool are thought to be on the verge of signing Shaw’s former team-mate, Adam Lallana, for £25m.
According to Pardew, they are two examples of why Newcastle are unwilling to enter bidding wars for English players.
In fact, he claims the Magpies made an approach for an out-of-favour English player earlier this summer – and were quoted a price well above their own valuation.
He said: “The fees being paid for players such as Luke Shaw and, it seems, Adam Lallana, illustrate an important point that supporters need to understand.
“Clubs like Newcastle get accused of not signing English players, but these are prices mid-table teams in the Premier League simply cannot afford, unlike Champions League clubs with their extra revenue.
“We recently inquired about an unproven player not in the side at one of our top clubs and we were asked £14m. He will not be joining.
“Yet we can pick up players such as Yohan Cabaye, Mathieu Debuchy and Moussa Sissoko for reasonable fees, all of whom have been starring for France at the World Cup.”
Meanwhile, Andre Ayew – who has been linked with a move to Newcastle in the past – could be on the move this summer. According to French newspaper La Provence, Marseille have received a bid for the Ghanaian international, who represented his country at the World Cup.