Pardew admits World Cup could be tough on Newcastle United

Remy Cabella

The Magpies boss has admitted that the football festivities in Brazil could hamper their pursuit of targets like France’s Remy Cabella.

While football fans across the globe are currently engrossed in the World Cup, one man who can’t wait for the festivities in Brazil to come to an end is Alan Pardew.

The Newcastle United manager has had a busy few weeks on Tyneside, with the Toon already moving to recruit two new players in the shape of Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback and Tenerife youngster Ayoze Perez.

Red Bull Salzburg striker Jonathan Soriano could also be in line for a surprise move to the St James’ Park, while Bafetimbi Gomis has also been linked with a summer switch to Newcastle.

However the one target that has so far eluded the Magpies is Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella, with the Ligue 1 club holding out for a more substantial bid from the north east side.

The Toon have reportedly tabled a bid of €8 million for the player, who is currently on international duty with France at the World Cup.

But with Cabella’s call-up opening up an opportunity for the midfielder to put in a series of star performances for Les Bleus, Montpellier president Louis Nicollin is holding out for a more substantial offer closer to their €16 million valuation.

And speaking in an exclusive interview with the Shields Gazette, Pardew expressed some concern over a lack of progress in certain areas of the transfer market.

"A lot of clubs and agents are waiting to see how players fare in the World Cup," he said.

"That will have an influence on the price...The World Cup is critical to a number of clubs, including us."

With France on course for a second round appearance following their 3-0 win over Honduras, Pardew may have a little longer to wait.

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