Pardew wants reunion with Santon, Ba and Tiote at Palace
Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is reportedly keen to be reunited with three players he worked with at Newcastle.
Pardew is looking to bounce back from Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat to Manchester United by strengthening his Palace squad.
The Eagles started last season strongly but faded badly after Christmas, allowing themselves to be dragged into a relegation battle. The south London side eventually finished in 15th place before losing the FA Cup final in extra-time at Wembley last weekend.
After injury absences hampered Palace throughout the season, Pardew is keen to bolster his ranks, with three players he coached at Newcastle said to be among his targets.
Inter Milan full-back Davide Santon could be offered another crack at the Premier League, with the 25-year-old having spent three and a half seasons at St James’ Park before returning to the San Siro in January 2015.
The Croydon Advertiser also links Cheick Tiote with a switch to Selhurst Park. The Ivory Coast midfielder is likely to be leaving the North East following the Magpies’ relegation to the Championship.
Demba Ba is also understood to be being watched by Pardew. The Senegal forward is currently plying his trade in China with Shanghai Shenua but Pardew will be keen to bring the 31-year-old back to England if he can help the former Chelsea and West Ham striker recapture the form that saw him net 29 goals in 54 appearances for Newcastle between 2011 and 2013.