Toon’s big bid for English ace rejected

LINKED ... Tom Ince.
LINKED ... Tom Ince.

ALAN Pardew insists Newcastle United are committed to developing homegrown talent – and had a big bid for an English star turned down.

The dwindling numbers of English starters in the Premier League has been brought into focus by Football Association chairman Greg Dyke.

Pardew is unlikely to field an English player in his starting XI at Villa Park tomorrow, but insists he is aware of the responsibility the club has to the national game.

And he says the club bid a “lot of money” for an unnamed English player in the summer transfer window.

Newcastle are understood have to made a deadline-day bid for Watford goalkeeper Jonathan Bond, and the club was also linked with Blackpool winger Tom Ince.

However, the only senior arrival was Frenchman Loic Remy, and while the bulk of United’s recruitment in recent years has been done abroad, Pardew – who saw English trio Steve Harper, Danny Simpson and James Perch leave this summer – says he is keen to see more domestic talent in his squad.

“We could well be starting (against Aston Villa) without an English player,” Pardew told the Gazette. “I’m sure we’ll get a lot of negative Press.

“We tried to bring an English player to this club for a lot of money, but it didn’t happen.

“That’s something we’ve looked at. The ratio of foreign players is getting tight for us. It’s important, in our transfer policy, that we bring in some English players.

“Rest assured, as manager of the football team, I’m very focused on the Academy promoting talent from this area.

“I’ve said to all our scouts that I want to bring in players from here. We’re scouring locally. That’s something we need to do. We need more coaching hours with our players.

“But in terms of transfers to our first team, you’ve got to be good enough to play for Newcastle. Unfortunately, the pool isn’t great.”

Academy products Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett have joined Steven Taylor in Pardew’s squad, and the manager has high hopes for young forwards Adam Campbell and Adam Armstrong.

He said: “We have Sammy. We have Dummett come through, who is definitely part of our first-team squad.

“We need more. There’s Arma and Campbell. We’re hoping for them. That’s that side of it covered.”