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Pardew keeps silent over funding for new faces

PARDEW: "I will not discuss my targets..."
PARDEW: "I will not discuss my targets..."

MANAGER Alan Pardew has declined to discuss the outcome of Thursday’s talks with Charlton’s board of directors over funding for new signings in the January transfer window.

The club have been strongly linked with Burnley top-scorer Andy Gray while Sunderland are known to want injured skipper Andy Reid.

“I spoke to the board about transfers and discussed my disappointments regarding the first part of the season,” said Pardew.

“There will always be speculation about our players because we have plenty of good ones, though there is nothing concrete. I will not discuss my targets but I will say that Andy Reid gave me an assurance at the start of the season that we would stay.

“But you can never say never in this business but it goes without saying that we want him to stay.

“There could be a deal regarding one of our younger players moving on while I’m prepared to let Osei Sankofa and perhaps Therry Racon go out on loan so they can get some games under their belts.”

Pardew has allowed young midfielder Josh Wright to return to Barnet on loan for the rest of the season.

He confirmed that an approach had been made, through an agent representing Hibernian, enquiring about the availabilty of Charlton assistant manager Phil Parkinson.

“He’s going nowhere and anyway Hibs have filled the job,” said Pardew who also wants to retain reserve team coach Mark Kinsella who has been linked with the assistant manager’s job at Championship rivals Colchester.

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