John Carver is helping to identify the players Newcastle are looking to recruit for next season.

The claims in the Chronicle will send a shiver of fear down the spines of those who worry that Mike Ashley is intent on keeping John Carver in place no matter what.

The newspaper says that they understand that Carver is working with the likes of Graham Carr and Lee Charnley in the selection of which players to target.

When asked though about reports of Newcastle already offering soon to be free agent Andre Ayew of Marseille a pre-contract deal, the (temporary?) Newcastle Head coach said he knows of the player but he wouldn’t confirm or deny the rumours.

“I know about him because I watch a lot of European football but there is a process in the club, I’ll be part of that and if and when it happens you will be the first to know.”

The media in France state that any number of clubs are showing interest in the winger, with Newcastle supposedly one of at least three or four who have already put an offer in front of the player’s representatives.

Earlier this week it was claimed that United’s offer for Andre Ayew was a £2m signing on fee with net wages of £30,000 a week.