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Two Derisory Offers Received For Newcastle’s Top Midfielder

11:44 pm, Saturday, September 1st, 2012 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 47 Comments

It appears that Newcastle did receive some offers for their midfield star Yohan Cabaye during the summer, and in the last week the news that Arsenal were after the French International turned out to be true.

Yohan Cabaye – after scoring for France in Euro 2012
If Arsenal and Arsene Wenger were after Cabaye – he much be French. :D

But in both cases the offers received were nowhere near the £25M Mike Ashley had put on the head of  the central midfielder, and both bids were turned down immediately.

And it seems the only way owner Mike Ashley will allow his top players to leave the club,  is if we get silly money being paid out – as Liverpool paid out for Andy Carroll – in fact it was very silly money.

The word now coming out of Newcastle were that the offers were so low as to be derisory, funny how what goes around comes around – isn’t it.

Alan Pardew had briefly mentioned the bids that had been received today, and maybe the Arsenal bids for Yohan are what turned his head?

This is what Alan Pardew had said today:

“We have had a couple of phone calls during the window and Mike has been pretty adamant that everybody stays.” “I thank him for that and our fans should thank him too because we are not as affluent as some other clubs.”

The other news is that no offers were ever received for Cheick Tiote during the summer, even though he was again heavily linked with Chelsea, but perhaps those were just ongoing and made-up stories linked with when Chelsea came in for him on the same day Andy Carroll left for Liverpool last year.

With what has happened with his Liverpool move, you’ve got to think that the local lad regrets ever leaving Newcastle, and there is now very little chance he’ll ever come back to his home town club – he’s just too expensive.

But Andy looked good today in West Ham’s 3-0 hammering of Fulham, until he pulled a hamstring in the second half, and will miss the two England World Cup qualifiers.

And of course he’s getting huge wages of between £75K/week and £100K/week – depending on which reports you believe.

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Tags: Cheick Tiote · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target · Yohan Cabaye



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47 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ben-Arfa11 // Sep 1, 2012 at 11:46 PM

    im 1st again

  • 2 Kyo // Sep 1, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    My head would be turned too if my club failed to snatch a world class RB for as little as 7 million, or failed to sign first team players to push for a top 4 place. Or any ambition at all really.

  • 3 Tsunki // Sep 1, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Ben arfa 11 is the noo nob had to glance again to check.

  • 4 ToonDownSouth // Sep 1, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Ed, you shit stirrer you. Stop winding people up!

  • 5 archaeomag // Sep 1, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    So the transfer news today was that the the last 3 months transfer news has largely been made up – well that’s not news to me.

  • 6 beefman13 // Sep 1, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    kyo, we bought the current dutch international midfielder who is a top drawer player, we did not buy debuchy ok, who else came in for the world class right back!!! we bought the french first division player of the year amilifitano, a terrific championship young player of the year in bigirimana and a promising young centre half in curtis good we did not sell anyone and im quite sure from your tone you would have been one of them a few months ago saying we would sell cabaye, tiote, krul etc etc, listen kidda this bitching and moaning has to stop we cant go back to the bad old days of mercenary signings, i would have liked a someone in as well but im not about to light the torches, just slowly wind ya neck in a bit eh.

  • 7 BelfastMagpie // Sep 1, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    What a cock

  • 8 stuart no9 // Sep 1, 2012 at 11:57 PM

    we thank you mr ashley for allowing us to keep our players we also thank you for allowing us in to your football ground for the small fee of £40. we would also like to thank you for allowing NUFC to sell newcastle shirts in your shop at a reduced price.but most of all we would like to thank you for saving our money and not spending it on footballers we do not need .thank you. thank you mr pardew for reminding me to thank him

  • 9 KINGSMILL (The Poster Formerly Known as Niff) // Sep 1, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    makes me laugh, nufc ain’t wealthy according to AP, yet MA is pretty much multi millionaire lol….

  • 10 bro56 // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    lol what kind of knob could write this

    IM OFF LADS

    i be back 2moro after the match to talk about anitas poor showing and cisses stunning 2 goal performance.

    mark my words it will be

    newcastle 2 aston villa 2

    with cisse scoring 2 goals and anita giving away another penalty.

    we will also see a severe injury to jonas

    which i hope he recovers really well from

    peace out lads!!!

    remember

    keep the faith

    yes you got it folks: Ben-Arfa11

  • 11 FollowFollow // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    How come no club was willing to cough up for Debuchy if he was such a steal? Man C and Chelsea both bought other RBs.

  • 12 beefman13 // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    i thank hi for my 10 year freeze on season tickets, i thank him for loaning us interest free 100 million, i thank him for bringing in alan pardew, i thank him for bringing in graham carr, i thank him for making us a stable fantastic run club, in europe with world class players! i genuinly thank you for that. should i go on!! we could be the boro or leeds or pompey or sheff wed. fancy playing peterboro tomorrow?

  • 13 bro56 // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    @Ben-Arfa11

    Im 1st again,

    aye at being a cockend.. well done, nobody will take that off you :) undisputed cockend of .com

  • 14 welshy14 // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Lads come on we had a bad window. We didn’t get are targets. The club was cock sure they would get there tArgets there for didn’t have a back up plan when we failed didn’t want to panic buy and waste money. We will strengthen in jan lets get behind are team and sure the players we have how much we support them and roar them to a win tomorrow

  • 15 pbNcl // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    KAPOW!!!

    Love the new banner ed!!

  • 16 DG MAGPIE // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Was watching soccer am today and glen Johnson is a Newcastle fan ! Wouldn’t mind him for a few years at right back…. Yes long shot I know.

    Slightly disappointed by transfers…. However stupid it sounds I was last summer! As long as we are in top 8 by January doing well on Europe and sign one player in next transfer window I will still be one happy steward!! ;)

    My accumulator £5
    Birmingham city west brom wins
    Stoke v Wigan spurs v Norwhich draws

    All I need is a Newcastle win for £455!!

    3-1 Ben arfa & demba ba 2

    HWTL !!

  • 17 RonVanDam // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    If you think that was funny, Liverpool made a 3m bid for Dempsey. Was in yesterdays Guardian

  • 18 RonVanDam // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    As for Cisse, lets pray he start scoring today. Hope he’s not going through 2nd season syndrome that Hernandez went through last season

  • 19 Ben-Arfa11 // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    dg magpie according to my predictions

    it will end

    newcastle 2 aston villa 2

    i wish you well with your bet but i think u have jinxed newcastle now as from my personal experiences its always just the 1 team that lets you down its very annoying

    i hope lady lucky smiles on you but from my prediction post

    its going to be newcastle 2 aston villa 2

    blame anita as he gives away an 80 minute penalty with a mr charles n zogiba scoring

    you can check the last post for my full predictions mate

  • 20 TorqToon // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Ben Arfa – Serious question lad, how many times have you seen Curtis Good play?

  • 21 pbNcl // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    I raise the flag of iron clad optimism and bullet proof positivity

    Not a bad window at all, the plan is still to balance the books. Ashley aint so much of a c*nt anymore, he’ll never be popular cos he makes hard decisions. But I’ve warmed to him I gotta say, and WERE NOT A SELLING CLUB he aint jus out to make a quick buck.

    The name of the game is balance. If we can keep building our team gradually and financially getting into VERY good order then I for one a extremely happy! Were not qpr! We will take a risk and to be fair, there’s nothing wrong with that… Ask the sas…..

    Must win game tomorrow, I know its early doors but we don’t wanna slip we wanna be in that top bracket from the off!

    Big up the crew

  • 22 jawballsaswallwell // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    If we had signed a top centre back then I would have been very happy. As it is we do have two top first choice centre backs and proven cover in Williamson and Perch and a promising youngster in Good. Not ideal, but maybe we’ll be ok. The rest of the team looks great. Anita looks like he could hold down a regular spot at DM or either fullback positions.
    We are light upfront but we have two top strikers and excellent cover in Shola and can always play 433 with a raft of top wide men.
    We may lack depth in experience, that may be our undoing battling on so many fronts, then again maybe not. Do you throw money at it or trust in what you’ve got. I’m hoping for the best.

  • 23 BelfastMagpie // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    We didn’t strengthen the positions that needed to be strengthened.

    So voted no for both.

  • 24 Les Grossman // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    Need a replacement for cabaye! He’ll be off!

  • 25 Ben-Arfa11 // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    dg magpie since your so good at football betting thus far

    what do you think of my future accumlator

    sunderland to beat liverpool
    newcastle to beat everton

    14-1

  • 26 RonVanDam // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    TorqToon

    Never. He’s still 19 and we have others in front of him in the pecking order. Give him 2 years to show his worth and get used to our style of play. I think hes a development player for now and will spend the 1st 2 years playing for the Reserves. Thats what i think will happen. Like i said i’ve never seen him play so i dont know how good he is.

  • 27 TorqToon // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    Ben Arfa – Why aren’t you answering the question?? Is it because you’ve NEVER seen (or even heard of) the lad up until the point we were linked with his signing via a trial?

    My point is – you state that he is the only one who will be a success at this club yet you have no evidence to back this up. The lad will be quality – with that I agree – but saying that Alfi, Bigi, Anita (!!!!) and Vuckic etc won’t be is just ridiculous and that’s whats putting people’s backs up mate!

    You’ve not seen enough of ANY of them to make that judgement and as much as I’m sure you ARE a toon fan – you come across as a jumped up, fake ITK Makem dickhead. Not saying that’s what you ARE, only how you are coming across.

  • 28 Ben-Arfa11 // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:26 AM

    torq toon

    ive seen curtis good play many times for melbourne heart he has played 25 times for them and ive seen him play about 12 times he has been live on setanta ireland where im from and they usually show australian football games and he looks an excellent player very composed on the ball and a leader reminds me of a young jonathan woodgate

  • 29 TorqToon // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    RVD – And that’s a viewpoint I can discuss! Because it’s logical and reasonable! And not just meaningless, uneducated bullshit.

    I’m not sure if you know or not but if you are a regular reader/poster you will know I’m lucky in that I get to travel in my line of work and spent months in France where I was able to see plenty of Alfi and my wife is Australian so have duel nationality – therefore time in Oz has helped me learn a lot about Good.

    I’m just trying to put across to people that debates on this blog are fantastic – but only when they are simply down to bitching and uneducated or I’ll informed opinion.

  • 30 beefman13 // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Adam campbell will send shockwaves through the toon when he gets the chance.

  • 31 TorqToon // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:28 AM

    That was meant to read NOT simply….

    …what was that about uneducated!! :-)

  • 32 TorqToon // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    Ben Arfa – well can I just say that I highly doubt he was signed based on 25 appearances and you can’t gauge a definite idea on how successful and player will be when you’ve only seen him play 12 times! That’s probably 12 more times than you’ve seen Alfi play – yet rule him out as a good prospect straight away!

    These players need time to adjust to the English game, history tells us we sign very good players (with the odd exception – Xisco) but that was down to YouTube scout Dennis wise.

    Bigi is a talent I can tell you that, and Amalifitano is an incredible, technical and exciting player! I’m over the moon we signed the lad and one day, whenever that will be, he and Anita will prove you wrong.

    Then I hope you will step up and admit it. That’s all I’m saying, lad.

  • 33 Ben-Arfa11 // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    1st impressions are everything

    im sure you said the same thing last year on obertan i told people on this site he has no football brain and i was proved right with that 1 as he is total dross

    from what ive seen of anita he is a piss poor player

    and just cause he was a good prospect at ajax means nothing

    can i remind you that jari litmann and ryan babel came from that club to they hardly went up any trees in the premiership nor did a mr.romedahl

  • 34 Ben-Arfa11 // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:40 AM

    torq toon
    @

    if Romain Amalfitano is such a good player as you claim he is why has he been plying his trade at a 2nd division french team,? fair enough if he was 17-19 and we picked out a gem but this guy is 23 and also the younger brother of the marseille guy who was in the french team if he is as good as you say he is im sure he would of moved to a top club in france well before we got him in.

  • 35 Ben-Arfa11 // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    also do you rate our 3rd choice keeper in rob elliot

    let me guess your going to tell me to he is a great player for the future to

  • 36 brobrotwins // Sep 2, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    @ ben arfa 11

    i think its fare to say amalfiltano looks a good squad player at least atm maybe more he looks very promising from were im stood and also i think you should look at half of norwich and swansea’s teams grant holt to name just one very good finisher played through all the league’s and deffintly done it at prem level also yet still no body snaps him up like you say they should have amalfiltano i think if i was to check up about many players wigan and teams as such have signed and sold on for big fee’s all been bought from no were does’nt neccesarily mean they aint gunna be real good footballers

  • 37 Ben-Arfa11 // Sep 2, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    brobrotwins@

    thanks for proven my point you just have mentioned norwich and wigan in your post

    so your pretty much saying that we are on the same level in terms of transfers with these 2 teams

    your right norwich do it and wigan do it and so do we

    and do you want to know why???

    cause the 3 of these clubs are so tight in terms of transfers

    its called having no ambtion

    difference between the 3 of these clubs is newcastle are a big big club and deserve more than the rubbish we bring into the club

  • 38 bro56 // Sep 2, 2012 at 5:23 AM

    Ben-Arfa11

    Instead of using google to pick your arguments can you prove that Setanta Sports Ie shows Australian Football, especially any game from the 12 you saw last yr featuring Melbourne Hearts?

  • 39 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Sep 2, 2012 at 6:29 AM

    Ben Arfa and Torq Toon:

    Just get behind the lads and support them today at home to Villa!

    All this discussion and debate about transfers made is okay but is,nt helping the lads, signed or the players we already have. I,me just chuffed we managed to hang on to the players we alreagy have!

    My Prediction for today is 3-1 for us!

  • 40 wilko // Sep 2, 2012 at 7:17 AM

    firstly, Ed, love the new image collage, especially with tiote , cabaye, collo, timmy still there and AP with some kind of hallow around him, i think it’s brilliant that MA has realised from bitter experience that selling your best players is not a great idea, just hope that continues, hoping that now all is settled we can get the three points today , and we’ll all feel alot better, haway the lads :)

  • 41 Premiership Manager // Sep 2, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    Ben-Arfa 11

    Andy Cole who was Newcastles most prolific scorer came from a lower division un-noticed by the other clubs and went on to score 12 goals in his first 12 appearances and then went on to claim the golden boot with 41 goals in 45 appearances.

    Amalfitano looks to be a very promising player but will be wasted if he doesn’t get first team football. My guess is that he was bought in for cover incase your nemisis went to another team. If you watch the youtube clips of Amalfitano he shows a great deal of promis and could also play as a make shift striker which may be one of the reasons we bought him.

    Apart from a CB I’m not too worried about the window as I expect the club to buy during the january window when many players will only have 6 months left on their contract.

  • 42 Slank // Sep 2, 2012 at 8:26 AM

    I bet the same Ben-Arfa11 and many of the other peanut brains had been predicting with absolute certainty that we would loose one or more of our star players which would be a sure fire sign that the club has no ambition. I don’t hear any of them thanking Ashley for refusing all approaches.

    Clearly Ben-Arfa11 did not watch Jeff Sterling’s Saturday Sky Sports programme when the whole panel said that Newcastle had done really well (against all expectations) to keep all their star players, and even adding some and saying Anita was a good buy.

  • 43 OneAlanShearer // Sep 2, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    The only thing we have to worry about is injuries. We have cover and a good starting XI. The mindset of the team and fans needs to be put right, a win today will help that. We’ll buy in january probably a full back plus replace whomever leaves. The way to work out what will happen under this regime is to remove anything but cold hard business sense. Only that approach will be used and won’t change. Steady progress, no quick fixes unless they are value for money.

  • 44 NUFCWill1986 // Sep 2, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Cabaye did a round of applause after the chelsea game, was that just incase?

  • 45 numba9 // Sep 2, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    prob just another lie so we can all feel sooo grateful 2 cashley for keepin players and take emphises off him not signing any, clever mr pardew lol oh yes we nearly forgot to thank him again , pards u must have an apple on his desk for him every morning, stop brown nosing and strap on a pair. maybe u should have demanded a transfer for a defender

  • 46 ballerfan2 // Sep 2, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    The shortsighted and impatient “fans”(???) were the reason for the sacking of Sir Bob which then culminated in relegation, while the rest of the country screamed “just what their delusional fans deserve”. Just a few years later we are back in Europe with the club in rude health both on and off the pitch and the idiots are back like spoilt children who haven’t got their own way. GO AWAY – Newcastle don’t need you. OR – get behind those who have got the club back on it’s feet and are responsible for the club GRADUALLY becoming a real force once again. They may not be doing things exactly as some fans would like but I trust their strategy rather more than the “want it now at any cost” mob.

  • 47 AndyMac // Sep 2, 2012 at 2:13 PM

    “I don’t hear any of them thanking Ashley for refusing all approaches”

    Of course we’re all 100% certain that offers were made and rejected because the club told us :)




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