Manager wants review of transfer policy as Newcastle face his old club West Ham
The on-loan Liverpool striker has been showing good form in recent games
All of a sudden, things are looking a lot more comfortable for West Ham. To go with their stadium move and new home, they now have a much more secure standing in the table. This fine win over West Bromwich moves them up to 11th. And, six points clear of the relegation zone, Sam Allardyce's side have surely made certain of safety.
Ivory Coast international attracting interest from the London clubs
The Independent revealed the defender wanted to return home
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As Alan Pardew prepared to bid farewell to another of his cornerstone players yesterday, with Jose Enrique at Anfield finalising a £6m move, the Newcastle manager was refusing to resign himself to Joey Barton following the Spanish left-back – plus Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan – through the exit door at St James' Park. The chances are that Barton, having tweeted his way on to the transfer list with his criticism of the Tyneside club, will be winging his way away from the Magpies before deadline day. Still, Pardew has planned more peace talks with the disaffected midfielder, who he has yet to rule out of contention for bench duty for the match at home to Arsenal tomorrow.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew insists they are "ahead of the game" in the quest to sign a frontline striker.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has admonished left-back Jose Enrique over his Twitter "mistake" - but insisted he wants the player to stay.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew feels he already effectively has five new signings at his disposal as his search for new talent continues.
Swansea have rejected Newcastle's bid for full-back Neil Taylor amid a wrangle over his availability.
Alan Pardew has already signed Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux so far this summer as he looks to build on last season's 11th place finish. A replacement for Andy Carroll is overdue with the entire £35 million fee received from his sale possibly available for transfers.
Newcastle have not received any bids for big-name players Joey Barton, Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez amid mounting speculation over their futures.