The Crystal Palace boss doesn't want his target pulling up trees at Euro 2016, he admits.
But the former Newcastle United boss says that he is active in the market and reveals that he has seen one of his targets play six times - one of which came at Euro 2016.
That being said, Pardew, on the brink of his second full season in charge of Crystal Palace, says that he does not want the player in question to play too well.
The 54-year-old believes that excellent performances would lead to a surge of interest in his man, increasing his value and potentially out-pricing Crystal Palace for his signature.
"My staff and I have set up a ‘WhatsApp’ group so we can have instant feedback from matches we are watching and players we like," he wrote in The Mail.
"I’m not giving you any secrets but there is a player who has played already that I’ve scouted six times.
"He played well and as a manager you are thinking — please don’t play too well or everyone will be after you. You don’t want him sending out too many signals. We are all after a player who can make a difference — and at a good price.
"Too many good performances and it could be out of the price range. So you have mixed feelings when a player you’ve noticed delivers. I’m not saying any more."
Despite a poor Premier League season, Pardew's troops did, in fact, reach an FA Cup final, before losing in extra-time to Manchester United, but it should illustrate that he has some very useful players at his disposal.