ALAN Pardew wants to make Fabricio Coloccini his second signing of the January transfer window.
After clinching a deal for Freiburg striker Papiss Demba Cissé on Tuesday, Pardew believes “one more” new signing is likely before the end of the January transfer window.
That will be a centre-back and there has been “some progress” this week – although The Journal understands there is now no interest in Aly Cissokho or Middlesbrough’s Rhys Williams and West Ham defender James Tomkins has also slipped off the radar.
Dismissing suggestions that Demba Ba’s contract would be one of his priorities, Pardew says tying Coloccini down to a new five-and-a-half-year deal would be a huge statement of intent from the club.
The defender wants to sign a new deal and Newcastle are desperate to keep him, having offered him a basic pay bump.
However, there are slight discrepancies in the way the deal is structured, which seem to have contributed to the “cooling-off” period between both parties.
Newcastle have not received an enquiry about him yet, although they know his stellar form has not gone unnoticed.
Pardew said: “The priority for me is Coloccini’s new contract and one or two others. We are focused on that because we want to keep our best players.
“He is our captain and I want to keep him – negotiations are due to restart shortly.”
Newcastle are understood to have made enquiries on a centre-back over the last few days, but Pardew does not see another £10million signing joining in January.
While saying his target is a “very, very good” defender capable of slotting into the side, he is at pains to point out United are still seeking value in the market.
They believe they got that from pouncing for Cissé on Tuesday.