Football - Pardew hopeful of keeping Coloccini

Boss Alan Pardew remains hopeful of keeping Fabricio Coloccini at Newcastle after watching his captain put in an impressive display to keep Norwich at bay.

PA Sport

Newcastle and Norwich played out potentially one of the most boring 0-0 draws of the season at Carrow Road.

Pardew's men sit just two points above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone after they failed to puncture the Canaries defence but the Toon boss took heart from his defence's display and that of Coloccini in particular.

Coloccini this week asked for a transfer back to his native Argentina so he can be reunited with his wife.

But the former Deportivo La Coruna man, who is wanted by San Lorenzo, showed no sign of his off-the-field troubles, putting in a solid performance which was much to his manager's delight.

"He was excellent," the Newcastle manager said. "Of the four centre-halves on the pitch he was the most assured.

"He gave us that calmness in the heat of battle and you need that."

San Lorenzo hope to have the signing of Coloccini wrapped up next week, although the Argentinian club admit they cannot afford to shell out a big fee for a player Newcastle paid over £10million for in 2008.

Pardew confirmed that Coloccini will hold a meeting with the Newcastle hierarchy next week as they attempt to hold on to their skipper until at least the end of the season.

"Of course," Pardew said when asked whether he was hopeful of keeping the defender. "We will speak to him this week and we will resolve that situation."

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