Re: Pardew just there
Is he wrong? Our scouting network has been widely hyped because of the bargains we've signed over the last few years who've probably at least doubled in value (Ben Arfa, Tiote, Cabaye etc). Goes without saying that if we go and offer pittance for a young player again teams are going to think "well hold on a minute, is he going to be worth twice as much next year?" and demand that kind of fee themselves.
I don't think that's delusion from Pardew, just reality.