Alan Pardew is ready to fight to keep Newcastle stars Joey Barton and Jose Enrique.
The duo are still contracted to Newcastle until the summer of 2012 but there have been no positive movements on either of the pair’s new contract talks.
Pardew hopes that by signing Cheick Tiote until 2017 the pair will follow but the extension of the Ivory Coast star’s deal at St James’ Park was a major boost going into the clash with Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.
Now Pardew hopes that others will follow and said: “I think that’s something that we need to resolve between now and the end of the season.”
“Hopefully we can manage to keep our best players. The negotiations are never straight forward.”
“Cheick is the story today and I’d rather focus on that.”
Tiote has been in great form for the Toon since signing from FC Twente last summer.
Pardew feels his commitment will send out the right signal to fans.
“Mike Ashley wanted to make a statement after the sale of Andy,” Pardew said.
“He wanted to show the future could be bright here.”
“Signing Cheick is a big step forward. He’s had a fabulous first season here with Newcastle.”
“It’s important that we secure a player of his magnitude, he’s dynamic and that’s what we want the team to be.”
“He can set the tone here – he’s the kind of player in a midfield of four that covers so much ground.”
“It was important to send out that message and Mike wanted to make that statement with Cheick.
“It’s fantastic news for the fans – they were hit by Andy Carroll’s departure.”
“The team have performed well without Andy but the signing of Cheick was a further boost for them.”
Newcastle could name an unchanged line-up for the third game running as they prepare for Bolton with Steven Taylor and Ryan Taylor are both back in contention to make the bench.