Alan Pardew has caused a bit of a stir, when asked about how to reassure the likes of Loic Remy that Newcastle are ambitious, the Newcastle manager has claimed that Newcastle are looking to compete for Champions League class players.

After no signings in over a year, many fans will find it far-fetched that United/Ashley will suddenly be aiming their sights (and money) so high.

This is what Pardew had to say;

champions league players“Like all forwards he (Loic Remy) wants to achieve the best possible scenario for himself – I suspect that is international and Champions League football.

“One of those we can cross off and that’s international football – he’s been in the squad and will have a good chance between now and the summer for a place at the World Cup.

“Champions League is the next one – in the summer that’s the bridge that we have to persuade players we can cross.

“We’re now in the market for that type of player – Champions League players, or those who can get us there. That means you are in the market with all of the big clubs and it’s difficult. I think we can satisfy those needs in Loic but really and truly that’s a question for the summer.

“I don’t think that it will come down to how much he loves the club or what we think we can get here in terms of Champions League players, it will be about finances as well – a big part.

”It is like Rooney, he was definitely leaving, then didn’t.

“In terms of the financial situation they’re questions I can’t answer, I know he loves it here and enjoys working with the staff, I don’t think he flourished half as much at QPR as he has here.

“Sometimes the grass isn’t always greener, as we know.”