Alan Pardew has admitted that Newcastle would accept high bids for their best players on deadline day, with the Toon manager revealing he's feeling a tad nervous over whether a club might take a fancy to one of his stars.
While Demba Ba's future was widely speculated in the lead up to the summer, after an exit clause in his contract expired on July 31st, fans breathed a sigh of relief that he was staying at St James' Park for the foreseeable future.
But the likes of Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye have been strongly linked with other Premier League clubs, and after Newcastle sold the likes of Andy Carroll and Jose Enrique last year, Pardew is hoping that this transfer window sees his core group stay intact.
"I'm never confident," he told the Sun when asked about deadline day. "I lost Andy Carroll for £35m.
"Who would have actually said that there'd be a bid of £35m for Andy Carroll? No one, and we have to look at those bids if they're in that region.
"We're not in a financial situation where we could say we couldn't use £40m."
Newcastle have been connected with a move for Carroll, with the striker falling out of favour at Liverpool under new boss Brendan Rodgers, though Rodgers insisted that he wouldn't sell the star on the cheap, particularly after the Toon received such a handsome price for him only 18 months ago.
But even if the north-east side can acquire Carroll at the last minute, Pardew will be hoping first and foremost that he can keep together the side who proved the critics wrong last season, and came to within a game of Champions League football.
And particularly with the side now in Europa League, which brings a very demanding fixture on top of league games, Pardew will be planning on keeping as many players as possible to keep depth within the squad.