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The Magpies manager is optimistic that a top-four finish would keep his best players on Tyneside, with midfielder Cheikh Tiote affirming that it should be the case

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew hopes that the prospect of Champions League football next season will convince his best players not to leave this summer.

The likes of Demba Ba and Cheikh Tiote have been linked with moves away from the Magpies at the end of the season with clubs across Europe reportedly interested in attaining their services.

However, with the club fighting for a surprise top-four finish, Pardew is optimistic that he can satisfy his squad's ambitions.

He told reporters: "I am hoping that we get to such a point where there are not really many places above where they can go. That is what we really want.

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"I have played in a very good Crystal Palace side which finished third in this division and I had a very good side at West Ham but [I have] not had the camaraderie of this group.

"I hope that means the players we have got all want to stay and we can do it all again next year, because clubs will look at these players now and try and take them off our hands."

The manager’s views are echoed by midfielder Tiote, who believes that players will want to stay at the club particularly if they are playing Champions League football next season.

"It will definitely convince players to stay. If the team is playing in Europe, it is better for us to keep our best players," said the Ivorian.

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