Pardew: Remy is like Cruyff and Bergkamp

The Newcastle boss has conceded that it looks increasingly unlikely the talented Frenchman will remain on Tyneside after another match-winning display against Norwich on Sunday
Alan Pardew has admitted it will be tough for Newcastle to secure a permanent deal for on-loan striker Loic Remy as he compared the Magpies' match-winner to Dutch legends Johan Cruyff and Dennis Bergkamp.

The Frenchman produced another vital display for the Magpies as he pounced in injury time to give the hosts a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa at St James' Park - their first victory at home in 2014.

Pardew praised the QPR loan forward for what he deemed the best display of the game, but joked that he would have to go to extreme measures to secure a permanent transfer for Remy this summer.

When asked if Remy’s performances make him harder to keep in the summer, the Newcastle manager said: "I think that's fairly obvious. Somebody just said to me the game seemed a little bit slower when he was on the ball and I think when you get a quality player that's what they can do.

"Players like Cruyff and Bergkamp, they can slow the game down and he can do that.

"He's going to be hot property, he's going to get a lot of press tomorrow and I'm going to leave him out the next 11(!)"

Pardew turned to the press box and lifted two fingers to his mouth to produce a smile after the winning goal, telling reporters that the gesture was in response to some of the stories in the press this week surrounding his future.

"I was little bit happier after it went in than I was prior to it going in,” he continued. "I thought the media have been a bit miserable this week. A couple of the reports were definitely aimed at putting me under pressure which I thought was little bit unfair.

"There's pressure enough in this job without having a couple of stories that were untrue so it was a little bit of a smile to them too - cheer up, let's move on."

Paul Lambert was left frustrated at the full-time whistle as his side were unable to hold out for a point, and the Villa manager conceded the injury suffered to Ashley Westwood swung the game in Newcastle's favour.

"I thought we deserved at least a point, especially after the first half showing," he told reporters. "I thought we were excellent in that first half. In the second half Newcastle came out stronger; but I don't think either team deserved to win the game, but we made an error with 30 seconds to go.

"He [Westwood] had a dead leg, which is a pity because I thought he was by far the best player on the pitch," he continued. "I thought he was fantastic the way he played and to lose him was a blow.

"We lost Ryan [Bertrand], who had a bit of a virus last night, so we got the best out of him for 75 minutes. But the two of them coming off were big for us."