Newcastle rejected Perch bid this week

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is happy to have kept hold of James Perch during the January market.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is happy to have kept hold of James Perch during the January market.

The Evening Chronicle says Pardew snubbed a bid from an unnamed club for Perch on deadline day.

He said he has been encouraged by the ex-Nottingham Forest captain’s recent contributions.

He said: “I would like to have had a defender, but Perch did well at Brighton.

“You have to say that when he has come in he has done OK. He has boosted me a little bit on that front.”

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