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Arsenal Readying Bid For Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye

10:25 am, Monday, August 27th, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

There was news in the Sunday Express yesterday that Arsenal are putting together a bid to take Newcastle’s French International midfielder Yohan Cabaye to Arsenal, and it could have been that the Arsenal manager was being coy when he said after yesterday’s 0-0 draw with Stoke that the club were not interested in Cheick Tiote, our other central midfield star.

Yohan Cabaye – shot taken during the Euro 2012 tournament

It’s now the Daily Mail that’s reporting Arsenal are ready to bid £15M for Yohan, and the fee obviously is the same as Arsenal received from Barcelona, for their central midfielder Alex Song last week.

But the Mail says that Arsenal are in the market for a holding midfielder, and although Yohan can play in that position, his skills are such that he’s usually used in the attacking midfield position for both Newcastle and France.

Arsene Wenger was talking after the game at Stoke yesterday:

“I’m pleased with what I have, but yes I anticipate that we will do something. Defensive midfielder? It depends on the quality of the players available.”

Yohan joined Newcastle only last summer for the release clause in his contract, which was €5M, which is just over £4M – so that would be an £11M gain for the Newcastle club in just over a year, if they let him go at £15M.

The French star has quickly settled down on Tyneside,and his star has been rising both at Newcastle, and in the French side, where he was one of their best players during Euro 2012.

But we think that owner Mike Ashley will not sell him for £15M, and he’ll want another Andy Carroll like massive deal, to be persuaded to sell one of his best players at Newcastle.

And we know that Alan Pardew is a little nervous this week about losing his top players, as he had this to say:

“All my players are important, and they are hard to replace now. You lose a big player now and you try and take someone out from somewhere else and they want a replacement and time is suddenly running down.” “You can’t get anyone in and we want to avoid that.” 

What Alan says is exactly what happened when we sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool – we just didn’t have the time to bring in a suitable replacement, and Newcastle cannot allow that same thing to happen again this week.

You live and learn – otherwise history repeats itself.

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Tags: Newcastle News · Transfer News and Rumours · Yohan Cabaye


24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hatem's better than Messi // Aug 27, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Didn’t bother reading this read it yesterday … c’mon ED.

  • 2 DeadGrizzly // Aug 27, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    this is rubbish song was sold as they had too many central midfielders.

  • 3 DeadGrizzly // Aug 27, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    this is rubbish song was sold as they had too many central midfielders

  • 4 eaststandgeordie1982 // Aug 27, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Isnt that the same as us going into buying a player this late that team has not got time to get a replacement in??

  • 5 Tooooon // Aug 27, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Can’t we be the same, if Arsenal come in offering £40m for Cabaye then we won’t sell as we won’t be able to get a replacement in time?

  • 6 jarnytoon // Aug 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    I’m sorry but these articles aren’t needed, recycled crap by every paper! They’ll get m’vila or mbia for DM. Pardew loves cabaye more than he did Carroll n we sold Carroll for silly money. No go-er this one

  • 7 jarnytoon // Aug 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    I’m sorry but these articles aren’t needed, recycled cr*p by every paper! They’ll get m’vila or mbia for DM. Pardew loves cabaye more than he did Carroll n we sold Carroll for silly money. No go-er this one

  • 8 pbNcl // Aug 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    As much as cabaye would fit right into arsenal’s way of playing. I think cabs would get bored. He seems to like the hussle and bussle, and not only can he pass really well he’s got iron in his belly aswell. I think he would prefer newcastle on full peg to arsenal’s rather sterile approach. Go away newspapers

  • 9 Jayden // Aug 27, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Nope, all lies.

    They’ve got enough quality in the middle, and youngsters coming through as it is: Arteta, Ramsey, Coquelin, Cazorla, Wilshere, Diaby, Rosicky and heck, even Frimpong.

    I guarantee you this will not happen.

  • 10 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 27, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Think £25m would be good business for Cabaye as long as we sign a replacement.

  • 11 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 27, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Maybe Ganso?

  • 12 SupaToonKid // Aug 27, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    No Ketsbaia
    Cabaye >>>>>>>>>>>>> Ganso

  • 13 hdavid23 // Aug 27, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    cant see any of our players going to arsenal… they havent showed any kind of ambition since last winning the league, and i think they dont have any chance of finishing in the top 5 this season

  • 14 pbNcl // Aug 27, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    What SupaToonKid said ^^

  • 15 Beattie25 // Aug 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    They might slap in a £5 million bid for Perchinho, that’d be rejected out of hand surely?!

  • 16 Beattie25 // Aug 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Does anyone else not long to live in a paralell universe where murdering social media knobheads was welcomed?

    I swear if I read one more cock monster saying ‘Anita isnt as good as Tiote’ I’m going to burst in a nuclear explosion that will wipe out the entire planet.

    Different players, different qualities and after 2 fcuking games (in 48 hrs may I add) he’s already being judged.

    Some of our fans are the most pathetic I have ever seen

    It’s a shame we have to share our fine club with some of the biggest idiots in the world.

    I swear to god if we had success we’d be worse than Liverpool fans

  • 17 Rowan Milsted // Aug 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Wenger would have signed him already for the £4.5M we paid. He’ll look elsewhere now, and even if he doesn’t MA will want silly ‘AC’ kind of money.

    I hope.

  • 18 SupaToonKid // Aug 27, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    This talk of Yann M’Vila is only if Tioté leaves. Cheick loves it here & does not care about money. Of course if a side comes in with £25M for Mr T then we may well accept and then use some of that to bring a top replacement in M’Vila. We have to always have replacements lined up incase the worse scenario occurs. Though I don’t Tioté leaving, he must stay to guide his young Padawan Bigi.

  • 19 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 27, 2012 at 10:45 AM

    Song done an interview the other saying he demanded to go because basically he was fed up with arsenal and they way they dealt with there playing staff, nothing to do with the amount of players.
    Basically i think arsenal are definatly after a quality midfielder just dont think were stupid enough to let cabs go

  • 20 Dude // Aug 27, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Can’t see it. In footballing terms Arsenal isn’t that much of a step-up, plus they are tight on wages and plus there’s a risk that the Wenger era could soon be over. One more trophyless season, esp one where they fail to make the top 4 and I reckon it’s au revoir, Arsene (which would be extremely sad after all he’d done for them).

  • 21 blaydonracist // Aug 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    bullsh1t story, all these journalists feel we done too well last season and dont want us to as well as their beloved liverpool and so try and unsettle the squad by publishing this crap. it is also clearly a follow on from the tiote story, the joumalists are like, what they dont want tiote, they must want cabaye instead

  • 22 JP...from The Rock // Aug 27, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    The press just trying to unsettle us I’ll take this as more bullsh**.

  • 23 Slank // Aug 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Jayden @ 9

    Following on from what you rightly said I think Jack Wilshere is the first to be picked and then Cabaye would have to fight it out with all the others whereas at Newcastle he is the main man and is almost guaranteed a starting place.

    I also think that Arsenal’s wages are not too different to our own unlike say Chelsea, ManC, ManU and Liverpool which are reportedly much higher.

  • 24 bemba da // Aug 27, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    I don’t think arsenal are of the stature that they can influence clubs on reputation anymore, for example if this post said, “Man City reading £24m bid for Cabaye” I’d possibly think, bollocks! But I see arsenal and just think, not a chance, top 8 club same as us

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