Arsenal And Other Big Clubs After Newcastle’s Top Players

There’s only six days left in the transfer window and fasten your seat belts because there could be a number of moves still to take place, and there could be some late bids coming in for some of Newcastle’s top players.

Yohan Cabaye in action for Newcastle yesterday

The Sunday Express is reporting today that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has switched his attentions to Newcastle’s French international central midfielder Yohan Cabaye, after it seems that Liverpool have beaten him to Real Madrid Turkish international midfielder Nuri Sahin.

Wenger wants to replace the departed Alex Song, who went to Barcelona for £15M last week, so they have the money, but it was reported last weekend that the French manager was after Newcastle’s Cheick Tiote, which would be a like for like replacement.

And today the Sunday Mirror are reporting that Arsenal will make a £15M offer for Tiote – so take you choice as to which report is true – if any.

The news in the Express is that Arsenal have now approached Newcastle about the French International, which is always the first step in any transfer deal, and the London club will have been told what Newcastle want for Yohan Cabaye.

And we hope that the amount quoted by Newcastle was so high that it shocked Arsenal that they will not pursue Cabaye.

It is possible that Newcastle sell one of their players before next Saturday, but owner Mike Ashley will want big money for them, and will also need to ensure the Magpies can sign a replacement before next Saturday, preferably at about a quarter of the price Cabaye will go for. 😀

We still think Newcastle will be bringing in right back Mathieu Debuchy from Lille, and maybe even center-back Douglas from FC Twente, and last night Alan Pardew also said Newcastle were after a younger striker than Andy Carroll, and he didn’t think Andy would be coming home to Newcastle.

It seems that Newcastle are aware of a few bids being lined up for their top players, but Newcastle still need to strengthen their squad in this coming week, rather than weaken it, because of the extra games Newcastle will likely have in Europe this season, and we also want to do very well in the Premier League this season.

It could be a busy week for the Tyneside club, and we hope it is, but with players coming into Newcastle rather than leaving the Toon.

What do you think?

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16 comments so far

  • gonz

    Aug 26, 2012 at 4:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Anita bites the dust,

    read this article mate. And don’t mince my words. Key word is DON’T!

  • shamsoftabriz

    Aug 26, 2012 at 4:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Don’t mess with the Yohan!

    Ashley would be foolish to sell Cabaye to a club we’ll be grappling with for fourth. Selling players to other leagues is one thing, but selling players to rivals is dangerous.

    We have PLENTY of cash to bring in Debuchy without selling Cabaye. In fact, doing so would likely please Cabaye and increase his commitment to Tyneside. I would move for Debuchy immediately since gaining him could increase our chances of keeping Cabaye. Big clubs don’t sell their best players. Last pre-season we didn’t know what we had–now we do. We need to behave like a top club to insure that we remain one. Let’s respond to Arsenal’s offer by speaking to Koscielny 😉 Just to make ourselves clear.

  • gonz

    Aug 26, 2012 at 4:45 AM

    Comment #3


    You get the point I was trying to make. Buying Debuchy will in fact increase his commitment to NUFC!

  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Aug 26, 2012 at 4:45 AM

    Comment #4

    “In order to keep Cabaye we need to sign Debuchy”

    How am I mincing your words. This sentence of yours, implies that the only way to keep Cabaye is to sign Debuchy, which is not the case.

    The better way to phrase it, would be “In order to keep cabaye, we need to show ambition and sign players :LIKE Debuchy”

    The fact that you used the word Need suggest that the only way to keep Cabaye is to SIGN Debuchy, which is a load of BS.

  • ~Anita One Bites the Dust~

    Aug 26, 2012 at 4:47 AM

    Comment #5

    “NEED” just stresses importance, and makes it sound like its the only option., and if we don’t sign him. He is going to leave.


  • gonz

    Aug 26, 2012 at 4:55 AM

    Comment #6

    @Anita bites the dust,

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!! Boring me mate!

  • gonz

    Aug 26, 2012 at 4:58 AM

    Comment #7

    Why are you so caught up in that one word you keep bringing up? Move on….You know exactly the point I was trying to make, but you are being pedantic about it!

  • Slank

    Aug 26, 2012 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #8

    shamsoftabriz @ 2

    ‘ Big clubs don’t sell their best players.. ‘

    Torres from Liverpool, Renaldo from ManU, RVP, Fabregas and Nasri from Arsenal – need I go on?

  • Slank

    Aug 26, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #9

    shamsoftabriz @ 2

    ‘ Big clubs don’t sell their best players.. ‘

    Nearly forgot. Modric and Berbatov from Spurs. Only Chelsea appear to buck the trend unless of course you think Drogba was a faded, jaded centreforward!

    The model at Newcastle is to buy low and sell high. The only issue with any bid now is that there is little time left to find a replacement, and selling clubs will up the price to those who are desperate. I think the club has learnt a lot from the Carroll deal.

  • one Tony Green

    Aug 26, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #10

    More panic setting in again. As many have pointed out all the supposed top clubs lose players be it Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool and even Man United. As for Man City they have been turned down by the likes of RVP and Ibrahimovic so money does not always guarantee players.
    Finishing 5th last season was great but Chelsea have just spent 80 million and won’t be as poor this season. Everton have started well and this delusion we could be challenging for the Champions League is more fantasy.
    On another note why is a Newcastle site advertising Thai women bit sad..

  • Ben

    Aug 26, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #11

    I would have a clubs hand off if they offered£20 million for Cabaye.

  • yorkymag

    Aug 26, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #12

    The reality is if the rumours have any substance the players will be sold .
    What is more of a concern is that the squad has not been improved with proven quality some great youngsters but…..
    Anita was poor and out of his depth ok against a very good Chelsea
    Our forwards are too similar both decent but don’t see them as a partnership 442 looks lacking in teeth
    With this squad top 10 is more a reality Everton ,WBA,Liverpool,Mackems,and Swansea will all be on a par with us !
    Unless and I live in hope but don’t expect 3 more and no exit this week.
    Another massive gamble by Ashley just maybe he is not going to get lucky this time.

  • Toon1967

    Aug 26, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #13

    We’ll be lucky to finish in the same position as last year. Amazing as it was, and amazing as the team was, selling any of our ‘big’ players would be suicidal. To compete with the top 5 (Man City, Man U, Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs) we need to strengthen our team, not weaken our side by selling. We’ve just only had our second Prem match, so to say players are out of their depth is a little premature. Mr Carr has done exceptional in finding players of such quality for little money, so maybe we should just hold out and see who else he may have found to come in. As for Cabaye and Tiote, I think it’s more likely Tiote will go as we’ve brought in Bigirimana from Coventry. Very talented youngster who’s not afraid of a frisk, but I really can’t see Cabaye leaving, especially as he’s key to bringing in Debuchy. Maybe Ashley will offer £1M more for him with a hope to signing by midweek which will give the club notice if Debuchy is coming or not. If the answer is no, then Ashley may choose to accept ridiculous money for Cabaye and we then have to hope Mr Carr has found someone to replace him and everything all depends on the Debuchy situation. Also key to our progression would be the signing of another top striker before close on Friday. Finally, would NUFC be so mad again to sell a top player on the last day of the transfer window, without having someone of equal or better quality? I’d like to think not, but it’s NUFC after all.

  • yorkymag

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #14

    I agree and know it is early days for Anita but in comparison to say cab or mr T it was obvious we had got a good un ,Anita is less clear cut also in central mid looks physically too small.
    Can only be supportive of Ashley to date but just wish it was not always so last min ,thou I guess this is part of the thrill for the billionaire .

  • Graeme

    Aug 26, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #15

    That we need to strengthen the defence is completely obvious; as a unit, it is our biggest weakness. Did anyone else cringe when Captain Collo turned his back on Torres leaving him to score for Chelski??

    We need a strong CB that will add bite to the back 4, can work alongside Collo and take some of the pressure off him. If he can also pose a threat at set pieces in attack, so much the better. A FB would be nice, as long as he is a major improvement on what we have – it doesnt matter which side as Santon can play either side anyway.

    We need added strength.

  • stuart no9

    Aug 26, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #16

    slank @8—- big clubs dont sell their best players. the difference with every player you have mentioned in your post is that THEY wanted to leave. their respective clubs did not want to sell them, they wanted to keep them.Man u arsenal tried everything in their power to keep them. that is the difference.


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