Pardew wants to hold onto Argies

Pards said: “They are owned by the takeover that didn’t happen and that might be a problem.

“I want to reassure the players there is no issue, that they’re here to play football and they will be judged on ability.

“We also need to find out how all that fits into Kia’s plans.

“They are both only 22 and haven’t got a grasp of English yet. It’s been a huge change for them. They are working on it, though, and their work in training has been excellent.”