ALAN Pardew will return to work Newcastle United tomorrow ready to push through the club’s transfer business.
Pardew is back from a short summer holiday as the signing of Yohan Cabaye nears competition.
But it’s not just incoming transfers that will occupy his mind over the coming days.
Pardew is also faced with the contract dispute which threatens to force captain Kevin Nolan out of St James’s Park.
Newcastle are expected to clinch the signing of Lille midfielder Cabaye over the next 24 hours, and the club are also working on several other deals, though no bid, as yet, has been lodged for Wigan Athletic’s Charles N’Zogbia.
Wigan are looking for £12m for N’Zogbia, and it remains to be seen if United are willing to meet that valuation.
Cabaye, meanwhile, is due on Tyneside for a medical ahead of a £4.8m move to the club, and United have also bid £1m for Swansea City defender Neil Taylor.
While Pardew will be pleased with the progress the club is making on in the transfer market, he will be concerned at the breakdown in talks with Nolan, who has rejected a new long-term contract.
West Ham United this week had a £3m bid for him turned down, and former United manager Sam Allardyce could return with an improved offer for the 28-year-old, an influential figure on and off the pitch at St James’s Park.
Pardew – who has told Alan Smith and Nile Ranger they will be allowed to leave this summer – doesn’t want to dismantle the core of the team he inherited, and much will depend on his intervention.
Should Nolan – who scored 12 goals last season – be sold, it would leave a gaping hole in his team – and dressing room.
Nolan’s midfield colleague Joey Barton, the club’s player of the season, could also leave this summer after being told he won’t be offered a new deal.
And the fear among fans is that Newcastle’s squad, despite the £35m windfall from the January sale of Andy Carroll, won’t be significantly stronger when the new Premier League campaign kicks off in August should Nolan and Barton leave.
Meanwhile, United’s reserve keeper Fraser Forster is wanted by Championship club Hull City.