Spurs Bid Not What It Seems!

Redknapp has since told the media: "Andy Carroll is not on our radar. Yes I like the player very much but Newcastle have told me he is not for sale.

"That is the end of the story."

Alan Pardew: "We have given the answer to anyone who has contacted us that he is not for sale, it's as simple as that.

"Harry hasn't rung me and made an inquiry directly.

"We had a conversation after the game, briefly, about some of his squad who might be of interest to me.

"He asked me how good Andy was and I said, 'He ain't bad', and that was it.

"But whether there has been a connection above me, as yet I don't know.

"I can't say to you strongly enough that Andy Carroll will not leave this football club in this window, 100%."

That suggests that part of the deal in Pardew coming to Newcastle is that the former West Ham boss has TOTAL control over who comes in and who goes out.

If Mike Ashley breaks that pledge, expect another upheaval at St James' Park.