The 29-year-old has been linked with a switch to St James' Park during the summer transfer window, but the Magpies manager insists his side have not made an enquiry
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Reports have suggested that Downing would be available for £5 million this summer, but Pardew insists Newcastle are not one of the clubs interested in the 29-year-old.
"I'm a little bit surprised because there was no enquiry from us," Pardew told reporters.
"We certainly haven't made any moves towards Stewart. He's a fine player and a Liverpool player."
Downing scored three goals and provided five assists in 29 Premier League appearances for Liverpool last season, after failing to notch a league goal in his maiden campaign at Anfield.