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Although the Magpies boss hopes to strengthen his frontline this summer, he has dismissed speculation linking the want-away Manchester United forward with a move to St James' Park

Alan Pardew has refuted speculation linking Newcastle with a move for Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that the 27-year-old is eager to leave Old Trafford after United's final home game of the season against Swansea.

And, following Rooney's transfer request, an article appeared on the Sports Direct website - the retail company owned by Newcastle owner Mike Ashley - linking the former Everton striker with a move to Tyneside.

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However, the article was quickly retracted, followed by an apology, and Pardew has confirmed that Rooney will not be signing for the club in the summer - though admitted he needs to sign a striker.

"When Demba [Ba] went in January and we didn't secure [Loic] Remy, it was obvious that we were going to need to bring in a striker or two in this summer window, and hopefully we can," Pardew told nufcTV.

"But Rooney won't be one of them, 100%, I can assure you."

Newcastle take on Arsenal on the final day of the season, a match which is set to be long-serving goalkeeper Steve Harper's last game for the Toon.

The 38-year-old will start against the Gunners following injury to Tim Krul and Rob Elliot's suspension and Pardew has praised the veteran shot-stopper, though admits his future probably lies away from St James' Park.

"He's been a servant of this football club for 20 years and I've managed him for two and a half seasons," Pardew added.

"He's been an absolute superb professional in and around the place.

"And it's kind of ironic that this has turned out because I think he wants to continue playing next year and I think he's well worthy of a starting place next year - but perhaps somewhere else."

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