Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is rumoured to have enquired about the availability of two top Premier League stars from the league’s two top teams. Sources claim Pardew has asked Manchester United and Chelsea about the availability of Dimitar Berbatov and Salomon Kalou respectively.
The Magpies have already had a busy summer, adding three players from the French league to their squad already. Yohan Cabaye cost £4million from Lille, whilst Sylvain Marveaux joined for free from Rennes and Mehdi Abeid also arrived from RC Lens for an undisclosed fee.
If the latest rumours are to be believed, though, Pardew’s summer reinforcement has not quite finished yet. Berbatov, 30, is said to be disgruntled at Manchester United after the emergence of Javier Hernandez into the first team. Exclusion from United’s Champions League final squad may have proved to be the last straw for the Bulgarian.
Salomon Kalou, 25, is also rumoured to be unhappy at the lack of playing time he got last season. The forward, from the Ivory Coast, could be open to a transfer away from London to extend his first-team football opportunities. It is also not known whether Kalou is involved in new manager Andre-Villas Boas’ plans for Chelsea.
Newcastle could be keen to invest in proven Premier League talent after the arrivals of the aforementioned trio from the French league could prove to be risky. Pardew will also be wary of the void left by captain Kevin Nolan’s departure to West Ham earlier this month.