NEWCASTLE United’s transfer business is set to go to the wire.
The Magpies are yet to make a breakthrough in this month’s transfer window.
Manager Alan Pardew had been hopeful of some “movement” while he and his players were in Abu Dhabi this week for warm-weather training.
But Newcastle’s squad yesterday returned to Tyneside with no new arrival to greet them.
Pardew is keen to see a striker arrive this month, and the club’s efforts are focused on securing Borussia Monchengladbach’s Luuk de Jong, a previous target.
However, Monchengladbach, themselves reportedly keen on Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse, must find a replacement for de Jong, who is fifth-choice striker at the Bundesliga club.
Newcastle director of football Joe Kinnear, perhaps prematurely, has stated that no one will leave the club in the transfer window.
And the club is not looking to sell Cisse – Pardew dismissed talk of a swap deal involving him and de Jong earlier this month – despite his lack of games and goals.
Besiktas have also been credited with an interest in taking 28-year-old Cisse on loan, though the Tynesiders would have seemingly have nothing to gain from farming him out.
There was speculation that Newcastle would revive their interest in Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, the subject of an abortive bid in the summer.
But the France international, a target for Inter Milan, no longer appears to be on the Magpies’ transfer radar.
Kinnear said in his programme notes earlier this month that the club would “in nearly all cases” sign players in their “early to mid-20s”, and Gomis turns 29 later this year.
Montpellier are determined to hold on to 23-year-old midfielder Remy Cabella, another Newcastle target, until the summer.