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.
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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