Newcastle United latest: Pardew hopes for defender stay, but lines up Basel man

Fabricio Coloccini

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Newcastle United take on Everton tonight after a dramatic win over Crystal Palace last weekend, and manager Alan Pardew is wary of the threat posed by Toffees hitman Romelu Lukaku - and compared the Belgian's situation to that of Magpies striker Loic Remy, who is on loan from QPR.

"I think he is a player a lot of clubs will be looking at in the summer. I don't think Everton will get a free run at him. At the moment, it is a bit like we are with Loic. It is a situation that Everton would love to keep him, as we would with Loic, and those questions are really out of Everton’s and our control. We have to be wary of his power and presence but none more so than normal," Pardew said.

hopeful that centre back and club captain Fabrizio Coloccini will stay at the club in the long term, despite questions over his future and some speculation about a potential move back to Argentina.

"I'm not worried about it at this stage, but obviously it is a conversation that I will have with Colo and we will pick the right decision for the club," he said. "What might be right for him might not be right for the club, but I am hoping we both make the same decision because I want him to stay.

"He is an essential part of this team, one of my most important players. I don't see anything to give me cause for alarm, if I am honest. His mentality for the game will never change. He is quite calm. He enters the game to be the best player - and most of the time he is," Pardew added.

However, in case Coloccini does choose to head back to his homeland, it seems Newcastle have lined up his compatriot Gaston Sauro from Basel. It's believed that Newcastle scouts have visited Switzerland in order to watch the centre back, but interest from Atletico Madrid could damage Newcastle's chances of signing Sauro.

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