Toon boss may keep Routledge

A permanent return to QPR fell through last month while Nottingham

Forest, Birmingham and Cardiff are all understood to be interested

in the 26-year-old. Routledge starred for the Magpies as they

romped to the Championship title in 2009/10 but failed to continue

that form in the Premier League last season and was sent on loan to

QPR. However, it is thought that Routledge, who is under contract

until 2013, would prefer to stay at St James’ Park and fight for

his place. And while Pardew is still willing to sell the former

Crystal Palace trainee, he has indicated that he will give

Routledge a chance to impress after he returns for pre-season

training on Monday. He told the Chronicle: “Has Wayne a future

here? Wayne is still a Newcastle United player and he is under

contract. “He comes back on Monday. After that we will just have to

go from there.” The arrival of Sylvain Marveaux means Routledge

will face even greater competition with Jonas Gutierrez, Joey

Barton, Dan Gosling and Danny Guthrie are capable of playing out

wide. Pardew has also made Leon Best, Nile Ranger and Alan Smith

available for transfer.