We have no idea if this news has much truth to it, but today the Daily Express is reporting that Alex Ferguson is putting together a bid to go after Newcastle’s Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye.
Yohan Cabaye – at the Euro 2012 tournament
Both players had sterling games and scored for Newcastle when we trounced Manchester United 3-0 at St. James’ Park in early January, and Ferguson couldn’t have helped be impressed with these two Newcastle players.
We’ve already had a long running saga with Demba Ba this summer, or this year to be more accurate since Harry Redknapp told the world about his release clause in January, for £7M.
But it’s certain that Yohan Cabye will only be sold for what Steve McClaren calls silly money, and Yohan also had an excellent Euro 2012 for France, and was probably their best player at the tournament, and his price will be high, very high.
Of course there’s always a possibility that a club can come in with a daft offer for Cabaye, but Newcastle are now trying to build a top squad on Tyneside, and participating in the Champions League is the club’s next logical step forward.
The Manchester United manager needs both a striker and a central midfielder, according to the Express, and quotes the Scot as saying he’s working on “one or two deals”.
Newcastle are nothing if not thorough these days, and they have already thought through which players they would go after, if a top bid they cannot refuse comes in before September 1st, but we don’t expect any of our top players to leave this summer.
The exception to that could be Demba Ba, who reports back to pre-season training this morning, with most of the rest of the Newcastle squad.
And we don’t even know what his intentions are at the moment, although he did tweet this on Tuesday night, about the reported interest by Liverpool:
“Holla back everybody. So much stuff about me lately. Rumours are rumours! Just forget about it. By the way I had the best holiday ever!!”
For the record, Cabaye played 38 games last season for Newcastle with 5 goals and 9 assists, and Demba Ba played 36 games with 16 goals.
Those are both excellent records, and we think Newcastle’s aim is to keep both players on Tyneside.