ALAN Pardew is confident Newcastle United can land more Cheik Tiote-style bargains buy this summer.
The club are working on a deal to bring Lille midfielder Yohan Cabaye to St James’s Park for just £4.3m by triggering a release clause in his contract.
And Pardew – who is looking to invest the £35m banked from the January sale of Andy Carroll wisely – is also keen £10m-rated Lorient striker Kevin Gameiro, while Cabaye’s Lille’s team-mate Gervinho is another potential target.
However, Pardew believes the business the club does for more modest fees could prove just as successful as the £3.5m deal that took Tiote to Newcastle from FC Twente last summer.
Tiote was a revelation in his first season, and the hope is the club can land another player who can hit the ground running in the same way that the 25-year-old did in his first season in English football.
To back up his point, Pardew pointed to the impact £6m striker Javier Hernandez in his debut campaign at Manchester United.
“There are bargains out there,” Pardew said. “Look at Hernandez at Manchester United – he was their player of the year and cost £6m.
“That doesn’t mean to say that anybody else could have got him, because if Manchester United are in, then you ain’t going to get that player.
“You’ve got to be clever, and I think we’ve got enough going on on the transfer front to suggest that another Cheik could arrive.
“Hopefully, it will, because they’re very, very rare to get a player who can make that sort of impact in his first year.”
Cabaye, a France international, told his team-mates after Lille wrapped up their championship-winning campaign with a 3-2 win over Rennes that he would join the Magpies this summer.
Coach Rudi Garcia said: “Yohan told us yesterday – first me, then the whole group before the game – that he has chosen to join Newcastle.
“It is a choice that I respect, although I wish he had continued the adventure with us.”
However, it is understood the deal for the 25-year-old is yet to be finalised, and it could be several weeks before his signing can be confirmed.