Is Pardew Hiding His Disappointment?

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Alan Pardew: "The most important thing is that you don't lose your best players, and I think that's got lost a little bit.

"It doesn't sell papers, keeping players, but for us and for me in particular, Joey Barton, Andy Carroll, Jose [Enrique], Cheik [Tiote], all those very, very important players, we have managed to push everyone away - and there have been enquiries, as you would imagine."

"It really is a moveable feast, so you just have to be on your toes and make sure you have got yourself in place.

"Now, between myself, [managing director] Derek [Llambias] and [club secretary] Lee Charnley, we are all geared up and ready to move if we feel there is one or even two players we feel can help us."