Pards admits to cash frustration
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has revealed his frustration at his transfer deals being held up due to wrangling over fees and wages.
The Magpies were the Premier League's surprise package last year, defying pre-season predictions of struggle to finish fifth and qualify for the Europa League.
Part of that success was down to their astute buys in the transfer market, with the likes of Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Davide Santon signing on for relatively low transfer fees.
Pardew has found this summer much more difficult in the transfer market, with deals for the likes of FC Twente defender Douglas and Lille's Mathieu Debuchy held up as the clubs negotiate over a transfer fee.
The Toon have also been linked with a move for former striker Andy Carroll, though a loan offer to his club Liverpool has been rejected.
The addition of European football will certainly put a greater strain on Newcastle's squad and is something punters should consider when deciding where to place their free bet.
Pardew knows he will need a larger group of players to choose from ahead of the new campaign if he is to compete for a top-six finish once more alongside a realistic challenge in the Europa League.
However, the former West Ham boss concedes any deals he hopes to make have currently hit deadlock.
"There's no real progress," Pardew told The Chronicle. "The two clubs need to make an agreement on the finance side about the players we're talking about.
"Unfortunately, there's no agreement at the moment."