Newcastle boss Pardew dismisses move for Liverpool's Downing

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
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has dismissed reports linking the club with a move for Liverpool midfielder Stewart Downing.

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The Magpies' quiet transfer window has seen French striker Loic Remy arrive on a season-long loan from QPR, while the club continue their efforts to sign Lyon forward Bafetimbi Gomis.

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.