ALAN Pardew’s hopeful of bringing “two or three players” to Newcastle United this summer.
Pardew was this week finalising Newcastle’s transfer strategy with owner Mike Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias.
And one player of particular interest is right-back Mathieu Debuchy, who has been recommended a move to the club by his former Lille team-mate Yohan Cabaye,
Debuchy is reportedly available for a fee of about £6.5m.
With Danny Simpson still to sign a new deal, the 26-year-old is of particular interest.
United’s chief scout Graham Carr – who engineered Cabaye’s cut-price move to Tyneside last summer – is well connected in France.
The club’s development squad is also being overhauled by Steve Nickson, head of Academy recruitment, who joined the club last July.
“Regardless of losing anybody, which is a possibility, I still think we’ll bring in two or three players,” Pardew told the Gazette.
“We’ll certainly do that for the underbelly of the team which needs to strengthen.
“Steve Nickson has come in and will help us in the department.
“Other than that the formula will stay the same.
“It’ll be myself, Graham (Carr), Derek (Llambias) and Lee (Charnley).
“We’ll more or less come to a conclusion between the budget, the money, the talent and the accessibility of the player.”
Meanwhile, Everton have appealed Tim Cahill’s dismissal in Sunday’s game against Newcastle at Goodison Park.
Cahill was shown a red card for grabbing Cabaye by the throat in the game, a 3-1 defeat for United.
Cabaye, shown a yellow card, apologised after the game for the “cross words” he exchanged with Cahill.