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Monaco Negotiating For Newcastle’s French International

11:40 pm, Saturday, June 15th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 48 Comments

There was a false story yesterday that Yohan Cabaye had passed his medical at Monaco – and Newcastle have today rubbished that report, but we wonder if something is going on?

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Yohan Cabaye – are Monaco negotiating with Newcastle for the player?

Today the betting by Sky Bet on Yohan Cabaye moving to Monaco was suspended.

They did that because a number of punters began backing the player with big money to move to the club that has already spent a whopping £110M on just three players this summer – show-offs.

They have brought in Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao for (£50M, and Porto players Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez for £60M.

The betting on Monaco getting the Newcastle play-maker was 6/4 before the odds shortened and then was suspended, and the French club were favored ahead of Manchester United.

Of course Sky Bet has been wrong before, because Alan Pardew was 1/5 on to get the sack after we lost to Reading 2-1 – but that didn’t happen.

Sky Bet Football Trader Chris Spicer said the following about the betting on Cabaye:

“It’s difficult to say whether the money was coming from people in the know or just due to the reports, but the size of the stakes imply those backing are convinced a deal is set to happen.”

“Monaco have been backed to sign a series of players this summer, with money coming for them to sign Patrice Evra and Nani, while they have already signed James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao as they look to re-establish themselves as a major force with the financial backing of Russian billionaire Dmitri Rybolovlev.”

It could be that Monaco do have Yohan in their sights – but we’d like to keep the French International at the club.

But if Monaco have decided they want Cabaye, they could pick Yohan up on the cheap compared to the average fee paid out for the three players they have signed so far this summer.

We think Mike Ashley would take just £25M for Yohan – but it would have to be cash up front, of course.

But we’ve been wrong before, as readers are well aware – so maybe Mike will hold out for £35M in cool cash, to match the Andy Carroll deal with Liverpool – just for old times sake?

And if happens soon, Newcastle will have plenty of time to bring in a suitable replacement, but as we said we’d prefer Yohan to stay at Newcastle.

The French International can still do a great job on Tyneside – remember – form is temporary, class is permanent.

What do you think?

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Tags: Contracts · Transfer News and Rumours · Yohan Cabaye

48 responses so far ↓

  • 1 leeb1982 // Jun 15, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Anyway who could blame him. Giving the opportunity to go n try with a team a team throwing everything at it. Or stay n have pardwho destroy ur career. Easy really

  • 2 sweendog // Jun 15, 2013 at 11:46 PM

    Hope he stays quality player

  • 3 leeb1982 // Jun 15, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    Slow the night

  • 4 scout // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    If he sells for 35 million!!!! He couldn’t tie hazards boots

  • 5 leeb1982 // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    Yup scout. The best creative player for us is on the bench. Anita. Classact

  • 6 Tommyy // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    Completely different player to Hazard. Stupid comparison.

  • 7 leeb1982 // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    No their not tommy our d1ck of a manager makes it look that way

  • 8 AndyNUFC // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Cabaye is a CM. Hazard is a RW. No comparison in terms of play, but in terms of price £24M is an absolute robbery. £20M for a slow, inconsistent passer? As Lee says Anita is already in his mould and just as creative. In fact he took the corners when Cabaye was injured and done a great job against Man Citeh.

    I would take the money and build the team around Ben Arfa – best by more than a mile.

  • 9 Tommyy // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    As Andy says, Cabaye is a deep lying playmaker, Hazard a RW or CAM. Totally different types of player.

  • 10 Tommyy // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    In the right style Cabaye could be immense for us, but If we aren’t going to play to his strengths we might aswell sell him. No point keeping an unhappy, underperforming and potentially toxic (for the dressing room) player.

  • 11 GeordieDan // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    Which Cabaye are we going to get next season if he does stay?

    A)The Cabaye of the season before last was outstanding, creative full of a renewed energy from finding a new club with fans that adored him or…

    B) The Cabaye of last season who had more excuses and ‘strains’ than completes passes and looked like a player had simply given up under Alan Pardew’s shambles of mis-management?

    If option A) was available I’d say he’s worth £25 million + to the top Prem sides

    If Option B) was the only way to go I’d say he’s worth no more than £10-12 million tops based on the hope he’d find form of the past and provide a set-piece threat!

    But for £10-12 million I’d want 2 very good and hungry box-to-box midfielders in his place with twice as much heart to go with it!

  • 12 AndyNUFC // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    If we sell Cabaye and get Benteke or Lukaku, will Ashley have a riot on his hands?

  • 13 Tommyy // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:23 AM

    The worrying thing about him is, if he had troubles with depression etc last season after the 5th place, how the hell is going to cope now after this seasons debacle!?

  • 14 ganiyu // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    Sell him asap..we need the money for an explosive striker.

  • 15 Tommyy // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    Andy – No, because we can’t get either.

  • 16 HAZZY1 // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:29 AM

    From what im hearing Cabs wants to go back to france but MA wants to keep him so does Pards so they r looking into how to make him want to stay they signed Debs so be prepared for another Cab friend coming in soon or they will give in and sell him only time will tell Debs will stay either way as for signings things r picking up quickly for 2 major targets should be hearing more in the 48hrs.

  • 17 scout // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Stupid comparison, I don’t think so, one is a skilful masterful midfield player the other is cabaye.

  • 18 Sazzer // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:35 AM

    Get French Football ?@GFN_France
    Re: Cabaye. Newcastle fans must not be duped by #NUFC statement saying no contact w/ Monaco. Trying tactics to get a better deal. #ASM

  • 19 Sazzer // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    What’s whole info on those two targets?

  • 20 HAZZY1 // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    hi sazzer has torq been on lately wanted to know if he has heard anymore news?

  • 21 Stevenage Magpie // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    HAZZY can you say who the 2 targets are? Or at least positions?

  • 22 scout // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    I’ve became so bored with it after last season, I couldn’t care less who leaves. We can’t get any worse. I’d sell him for certain for 20 million because he’s simply not that good. Corners are poor and passing isn’t all that, he rarely takes people on.
    Agree with the Anita comment he can pass for fun that kid

  • 23 HAZZY1 // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Sazzer the 2 targets have been named already over and over 1 from Holland and 1 From France.

  • 24 HAZZY1 // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:41 AM

    Stevenage Magpie 1 from Holland CM/ACM 1 From France ST/LW

  • 25 Stevenage Magpie // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Cheers mate, so De Jong and PEA. Do you know how advanced the talks are? Have fees been agreed etc?

  • 26 HAZZY1 // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    There may be also 2-3 younger kids as well not to sure yet need more info first before I say names but if im right things look really good this summer also 1 more from Holland who is away with the u21’s is being looked at again.

  • 27 stuart no9 // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:44 AM

    andy @ 12– if that is the plan then fair enough- but why dont they ( if he is moving on ) just come out be up front and say “cabaye s talking to monaco ” – but if they do sell him , after they made that statement today that the story wasnt true , then they have lied to us again. and people wonder why some of us get upset!

  • 28 HAZZY1 // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:47 AM

    Stevenage Magpie as far as know discussions with agents have taken place some time ago and again recently as for fees not sure m8 1 looks odds on to sign but that can change if another CL club gets interested the other again talks r on going fees dont know but there is a good chance.

  • 29 Stevenage Magpie // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:49 AM

    Nice, Is Dries Mertens still a target?

  • 30 Sazzer // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Nothing new from what I have seen from Torq that haven’t been reported on the blog already.

  • 31 Sazzer // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    There were reports on Mertens being close to Napoli the other day, and Jermaine Lens to Dynamo Kiev.

  • 32 HAZZY1 // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Stevenage Magpie Dries has gone quiet not sure we were in for him but I think he wants CL football Napoli r in for him I believe so I doubt he will want to join us wingers r not been looked at as we r going for a 4-3-3 next season Cisse maybe sold depending on how the talks go about “Wonga” Bent has been lined up as a replacement with PEA and Ben-Arfa as a front 3.

  • 33 HAZZY1 // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:55 AM

    Sazzer yeah thats what im hearing Napoli want him and he wants CL next season so I say move on.

  • 34 Stevenage Magpie // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    Cheers mate, sorry to bombard ya with questions lol last one, if we fail with the 2 main targets do you know who we will be looking at then?

  • 35 HAZZY1 // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:58 AM

    If Cisse stays I still think we will sign Bent as Pards wants him so our ST next season will be Cisse?, Bent, Goffy, PEA?, Campbell.

  • 36 toon252 // Jun 16, 2013 at 12:59 AM

    HAHA all the retards are out in full force – Nothing has been said by Cabaye – You are the same fans that slated Colo off January..

    Cabaye is a crap player and Anita is better, same anita that has been a passenger in most of the games he’s played so far, Same Anita who hasn’t made an assist all season.. – Grow up children, Cabaye is a quality player, he will not flourish in our style of play..

    You lot really are retarded

  • 37 toon252 // Jun 16, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Repost for Sazzer about his “professional player” forum leak:

    Read the rest of the topic, all the other posters are taking the p iss out of the lad.. “another badger invent “sisters sources” “The same medical visit Valdes? (with a snoring smiley on it)” (google translate)

    Also if you click on the lads profile he’s 17 year of age – But then puts that he’s a 20 year old footballer.. It’s a gamers forum for ps3/xbox/ pc games… Yet a professional player is posting itk info on there, after posting info that Valdes had passed a medical in a previous topic (As pointed out by the above quote by poster Moyes who on his profile claims to be David Moyes “Scottish coach at Manchester United”..

    Sorry if you think this seems harsh but your provoking our fans absolutely no reason, all you had to do was read the other comments!

  • 38 HAZZY1 // Jun 16, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Stevenage Magpie We always have a plan B lol if we dont get our main ST/LW there has been talk of Remy again and for the CM/ACM ive heard 2 names Maher, Wijnaldum but I hear we want him if we get our main target or not so maybe some 1 else is for sale?

  • 39 Sazzer // Jun 16, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Anybody watch Netherlands against Italy? I must say I’m suprised Italy won. But I guess they are more used to playing in higher level games.

  • 40 HAZZY1 // Jun 16, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Sazzer yeah m8 I watched the game Holland looked lost in final third ran out of Ideas mid was amazing de jong up top on his own didnt work the never got any crosses in for him to attack I thought they would whip it in all game.

  • 41 nufc_eire // Jun 16, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    If cabaye does go, i’d love to see Marco van Ginkel as his replacement (Chelsea want him so prob nothing doing there). He seems like a younger version of cabaye and would cost 9million roughly

  • 42 Sazzer // Jun 16, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Repost of my earlier answer:
    Why hit out on me? I just posted what other people posted on Twitter. It was France television that started it all, then a guy on twitter found that gaming board that seem to be the source of it.

    The takeaway from my posts was that the only possible legit thing in this was that the guy profile name was the same as a rather obscure player out on loan from the club in question. If this was the same guy, it wouldn’t be impossible for him to be first one to break the news.

    And isn’t that rather expected to get pissed on when you claim something like this? Unless you have tons of credibility.

    So I wouldn’t say I did anything provoking.

  • 43 Sazzer // Jun 16, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Ginkel or Strootman would add extra height that Cabaye doesn’t offer. Maher or Clasie are pretty good alternatives. My first choice would probably be Badelj.

  • 44 Sav // Jun 16, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    Probably Ashley and Llambias taking a punt on it. Do they know something?

  • 45 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jun 16, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Good Morning Lads !

    Happy Fathers Day !

    Sazzer, i can confirm your comments on Jermaine Lens and Mertens !

    Plus the transfer of Roysten Drenthe to Reading is now deffo!

    Van Ginkel we are never going to get because any transfers from Vitesse are controlled by Chelski !
    Thats why we won,t get Boney or Van Aanholt either !

  • 46 NEWEXPATMAGPIE // Jun 16, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Oh and Saz :

    You have to thicken your skin a bit more to be on here!

    If you think someone is having a go at you you just need to ignore them. A lot of the people on here are, as the saying goes, ” 1 cent short of a Euro”,!

    They all think that they know better than the Rest of us !
    Take their comments with a pinch of Salt !

    Just a bit of advise Mate !

  • 47 Premiership Manager // Jun 16, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    The Independent is now reporting that Cabaye may be moving to Monaco on a £23M deal.

    If there is any truth in the rumours it is very good business for the club as personally I think Cabaye is over rated and before people jump on the band wagon, when Guthrie was playing their tackles, passes completed and assists were identical and Cabaye just edged it on Goal difference due to the games played, (data Carling opta index).

    I also think HBA is also over rated as he is a liability in terms of giving the ball away and often misses critical passes in favour of taking the world on and losing the ball. He has scored some spectacular goals however he’s to old to change as a player and if the right offer comes in, I’d sell.

    Not sure who we could get to replace Cabaye however I’d like to see Santon put into CM alongside Sisoko. He is very technically gifted, becoming more and more attacking orientated and is for me is wasted at left back. I also think Anita will step up his game next year so if Cabaye goes it won’t be the end of the world.

    There’s a long way to go yet and we definitely need a striker and CB as Williamson may also be on his way.

  • 48 AmericanGeordie // Jun 16, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    First, let me say that I LOVE Cabaye!

    But I would snap your hand off for any fee over £20 mil.

    Supporters become emotionally attached to their good players and tend to overrate them. (Case in point, a year ago the majority of Toon supporters wouldn’t sell Tiote for £20 mil; now I’d sell him for 20 footballs.)

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