Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew remains adamant that star striker Andy Carroll will not leave in the January transfer window, despite interest from Tottenham.
Reports emerged on Wednesday that Tottenham had looked to test the Magpies’ resolve, having made an enquiry as to the striker’s availability, but speaking after the 5-0 demolition of West Ham, his manager categorically ruled out the forward leaving St James Park.
"We’ve given the answer to anyone whose contacted us that he’s not for sale. It’s as simple as that,” Pardew told reporters.
"I can’t say to you strong enough, Andy Carroll will not leave this football club in this window. 100 per cent."
Nonetheless, Tottenham’s for an additional front man is likely to increase with Robbie Keane set to complete a move to Birmingham City in the next 24 hours, with the club’s reported to have agreed a fee in the region of £7 million.