Pardew urges Newcastle United chiefs to bring in Cabaye replacement

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ALAN Pardew called on Newcastle United’s hierarchy to “nail down” a replacement for Yohan Cabaye in this month’s transfer window.

Cabaye is set to complete a £20m move to Paris Saint-Germain today.

And Newcastle now have just three days to secure a replacement before the transfer window closes on Friday night.

Olympique Lyonnais midfielder Clement Grenier is one target, while the club also has an interest in Montpellier’s Remy Cabella.

United director of football Joe Kinnear, aided by chief scout Graham Carr and secretary Lee Charnley, is spearheading the club’s efforts.

But the final decision will rest with owner Mike Ashley, who supporters fear may be reluctant to spend big in this month’s transfer window given that the club is safe from the threat of relegation.

Asked if he felt the club, which is set to complete the loan capture of striker Luuk de Jong today, would make another transfer breakthrough, Pardew said: “I hope so.

“We’ll be making some phone calls. I’m hoping that Joe, Lee, Graham and Mike will nail down what we’re going to do.”

Cabaye had travelled to Norfolk with his team-mates for the Norwich game, but he left the team’s hotel yesterday morning after PSG had a bid accepted.

And Pardew – whose team dominated the game – was proud of his players’ response to the loss of Cabaye, who has been a huge influence on the pitch in recent months.

Newcastle created chance after chance but couldn’t put the ball in the net.

“I couldn’t be more proud after losing Yohan at 10.30am,” said Pardew. “They were terrific. I’ll be scratching my head about this game for a long time.

“I can’t fault the players – they were terrific. Norwich’s goal had a charmed life. We hit the woodwork three times.

“There was a deflected shot and it fell for (goalkeeper John) Ruddy when it looked like it was going in. It was charmed.”

Meanwhile, Pardew says Luuk de Jong can “resurrect” his career at Newcastle.

The striker is set to complete a half-season loan move from Borussia Monchengladbach today.

De Jong moved to the Bundesliga club from FC Twente 18 months ago, but he has struggled for form and this season has found himself on the bench at the Borussia Park Stadium.

But Pardew feels the Holland international can get back up and running.

De Jong’s could even be involved in Saturday’s Tyne-Wear derby against Sunderland with leading scorer Loic Remy suspended.

“He’s someone we’re really hoping will resurrect his career, really,” Pardew said.

“In Germany, it’s stalled a little bit after a big move. Hopefully, we can bring him alive.”

De Jong flew into Tyneside yesterday and will undergo a medical today before completing the formalities of the loan deal, which is with a view to a permanent move to Newcastle.