Pardew ready for business

The Magpies will spend the next week or so attempting to finally

land the left-back and the striker they want before next

Wednesday’s deadline, with Sochaux having referred their pursuit of

Modibo Maiga to FIFA after Charlton fired a similar warning shot

across their bows by contacting the Premier League over their

interest in keeper Rob Elliot. Pardew was playing a straight bat

when asked about the French’s club’s complaint. He said: “I can’t

tell you anything about that. My brief is to highlight players I

think would take the club forward, and the club’s job is to get it

over the line. “I am not involved in that.” There was no official

comment from the club either after Sochaux released a statement of

their official website confirming their action with Mali striker

Maiga having been conspicuous by his absence from their squad since

the Magpies’ interest in him became known. It said: “On Monday

August 22, 2011, FC Sochaux-Montbeliard sent a referral to FIFA

with the aim of obtaining (assurances) on the part of Newcastle

United that they will stop their contacts with Modibo Maiga, who is

under contract with FCSM until 2014. “This (contact) is in

violation of Article 18 of the current international regulations.

“This measure comes after Sochaux demanded without success, in an

official manner and on two occasions, that the English club put a

stop to their actions.” The development is a further complication

for Pardew, who has been firmly linked with PSV Eindhoven full-back

Erik Pieters and Lyon counterpart Aly Cissokho, and a loan move for

Manchester City’s Wayne Bridge, in recent weeks as well as Maiga

and a series of other frontmen. However, he remains hopeful that

the club’s strategy will eventually pay off. He said: “You need to

have some sort of strategic planning about what you are doing and

some sort or game plan, and hopefully we are going to call that

right. “But you can get something out of the woodwork which throws

it into disarray and you need Plan B and then you need Plan C. “We

are hoping we stick to Plan A, but we will see.” The Magpies’

hierarchy is in no mood to be held to ransom over transfers, but

will not need reminding of their ultimately unsuccessful efforts to

find a replacement for Andy Carroll in January after accepting a

final day £35million offer for the striker. Asked if the chase

could go to the very end of the window, Pardew said: “It depends

what accelerates the process. “There are one or two big moves which

could happen – I don’t think they are going to happen last minute

because the other clubs will want to do some business too. “But of

course by our own example, it can happen. We would like to do our

business before then, but if it goes to that time, that’s the time

it will go to.” Meanwhile, midfielder Joey Barton’s continued

presence on Tyneside remains a matter for debate amid speculation

that Stoke and QPR could be among his suitors with the player in

the final year of his contract. However, Pardew has laughed off

former skipper Kevin Nolan’s suggestion that Barton joins him at

West Ham. Pardew said: “Kevin is Joey’s friend, so he is going to

say that. I wish Kevin and West Ham all the best, but at the

moment, Joey is a Newcastle player.” Barton played his part in

Saturday’s morale-boosting win at derby rivals Sunderland, which

will send the Magpies into Thursday night’s Carling Cup clash with

Scunthorpe in positive mood. Pardew said: “We have started the

season with a smile on our faces after beating our local rivals,

and that’s what we take to Scunthorpe.”