Newcastle Midfielder Tops PSG Transfer List


Since former French manager Laurent Blanc took over as the new manager of PSG, replacing Carlo Ancelotti,  who is now managing Real Madrid, Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye is now the Paris club’s number one midfield target.

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Yohan Cabaye – in demand in France

That’s according to French paper Le Parisien, although Cabaye has been linked previously with PSG and of course with newly promoted Monaco, who are spending money like it’s going out of style.

PSG’s central midfield players are Blaise Matuidi and Marco Verratti, and the new PSG manager wants that part of his team strengthened.

The report is that Yohan Cabaye is top of the PSG list,  although no bid has been made for the French International, and the Le Parisien mentions that it would take around £15M to persuade Newcastle to let one of their top players leave the club.

When Cabaye was playing for France last summer in the European Championships and Blanc was  France’s manager,  Blanc called Cabaye “France’s Xavi”,  and Yohan certainly was one of France’s best players in that tournament, although he did not have a stellar season for Newcastle last term.

We think it’s going to take a lot more than £15M to persuade Mike Ashley to sell, and with Joe Kinnear on board, his influence may even be good in keeping our best players at the club.

Since no bid has yet been made, we’ll have to wait and see what Newcastle do, but at £15M we expect Newcastle to turn down the offer immediately.

We need to keep all of our best players this summer – and the Newcastle fans are upset enough at the Joe Kinnear public relations  nightmare.

What do you think?

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38 comments so far

  • Jamiemac

    Jun 27, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1

    £20m and he can go

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 27, 2013 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Which leg do they want for 15m? 😀

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  • cyprus

    Jun 27, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #3

    TBH,
    Still not convinced that he is even close to a Xavi. How many games did he and his MF dominate last year?

    Answer: 0.

    15-20 mil? Take it and run (after two top, fast wingers and a top CF).

    Anita-Marveaux can play his role.

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 27, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Jamie

    Id take 15 and a good player or 25 cash only. I am greedy!

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 27, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #5

    Rotonda,
    I know what your point was, but even the flops are turning a profit, and even though we haven’t improved any players, there values are still much higher then we paid.

    If that is Ashleys masterplan, then it is working so why spend money on improving coaching staff and development. (I’m playing Devil’s Advocate, I wholeheartedly agree that the backroom staff needs a clearout from about U18 coaching staff through to first team.)

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #6

    Cyprus,
    Marveaux can do it for maybe 20 minutes a game, 80% of the games. When he has started he rarely looks any great shakes. 20 minute flashes from the bench, but he hasn’t done much more then that in my eyes.

    Bordeaux away when the youngsters got most of the blame, Marveaux was anonymous, and probably the worst player on the pitch. I think he got away with criticism as people forgot he actually started.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #7

    Jamie,
    15million (£ not Euro) plus Sakho and Rablot. They can have him for that. Otherwise 25million upwards unless he requests a transfer, then I’d say 20million is probably a fair price. Would push for players though. No point keeping him if he wants away.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Rotonda, yes it really is tragic. Just can’t tell at the moment which way Kinnear will lean towards. There seems to be two kinds of reports and rumours. They are obviously just that.

    He said we had an excellent midfield, so that is at list a glimmer of hope that he recognises Carr is bringing in a good calibre of player for the low budgets which Ashley is limiting him too.

    As we know though, you can get in whichever players you like and they will to an extent, play to a level of football naturally. It is the coaching which brings out the best in the players within a team. Makes them play cohesively and with confidence.

    On whole, it is very rare that level of team inter-play is seen we see that week to week. 433 was abandoned for some mind bending reason.

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  • cyprus

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #9

    Lilongwe Geordie,
    you are right, that player is a mystery to me… I remember him in a Liverpool game where he and Vikic were murdered.

    Still, I’ve seen him ghost past players like Cabaye could never do (HBA-style) and find through-balls (to Cisse) which were class. If he steps up he could be amazing though.

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #10

    Lilongwe

    Totally agree with your marveaux comments. He is not a bad player, but he doesn’t exactly set the pitch alight. And i dont think its through lack of chances and playing time either. He has had chances and often come up short. His crossing is only fractionally better than gutz, he dribbles well but has no strength. Im sure he can develop but he is not ready to replace cabaye yet.

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  • sparky55

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #11

    Anita can jump into cabaye’s boots seamlessly…he’s a good talent and once he gets a good run in the team he’ll be fine

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  • cyprus

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #12

    I see the same type of player in Anita-Cabaye-Marveaux. On the skill and potential front, I think the latter comes first, although admittedly he has to (consistently) prove it! In my mind, none of those three has, really. Cabaye had some stinkers last season too.

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  • cyprus

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Agree @11

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #14

    Lilongwe, I know what you’re saying about Marveaux and I agree in principle, but our players are statues around Marveaux who has played his best stuff centrally behind the forward in my opinion. He has the top assists for us last year and his creative passing can be top notch at times. Yet Pardew is reluctant to play him and favours a much more defensive outlook.

    He’s in the wrong tactical environment to reach his full potential consistently, although his injuries don’t help.

    If we were coached to pass, move, overlap, play triangles and anticipate opportunities, Marveaux would no doubt do a lot more and as a result, create more opportunities for his team mates. Opportunities create goals, goals win games, and along with that brings 3 points.

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  • faustino asprilla newcastle

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #15

    I hope Kinnear will say loud and clear – NO to transfer of Cabaye.If we really must, it must be 25 mil. transfer but only if we buy Rhodes+Ince with that muney, and some milion could stay for Tomkins. This would be a good case of selling Cabaye.
    Worst scenario is to sell Cabaye and buy some bad players for that money.

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  • bills-son

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #16

    I’d take £20M+ for Cabaye but I’m not sure Ashley would. It might take £30M and I’m not sure even PSG would pay that. He isn’t worth it.

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #17

    Cyprus

    Yes if he can make that step up and show consistantly what he has shown in odd flashes he will be a great player.

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  • ToonMatt

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #18

    I think Ashley will sell him so he can help pay back the £275m that he loaned himself.

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  • jeff

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #19

    if we play a midfield three with anita and sissoko behind marveaux, i think we won’t miss cabaye at all

    man i really want marv to get some game but we know hes not a workhorse so wont fit in under pardew’s ideal strategy. pardew probably has tomkins lined up to play CDM next to tiote anyway….

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  • sparky55

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #20

    Laurent…you’re right…we’ve got a very good squad but pardew is stiffling them…we need a better brand of football to bring out the best of the talent we have available to us and pardew is failing on all fronts from that perspective.

    I think this is the root of the problems between Carr and Pardew…Carr is bringing in some good young talent and pardew isn’t playing them, or not playing them in the positions Carr thinks they should be played in, or playing a system that doesn’t suit the players he’s brought in…hence the arguments

    Don’t know for sure but just my opinion

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  • cyprus

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #21

    M, you said it, consistency.
    Which, to be fair, is something NUFC does not have in general! Do you know which NUFC team will show up? Have you confidently predicted any score last season? I didn’t.
    That Lawro guy must be shaking as he makes NUFC predictions, because he knows he’ll be wrong!

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  • jeff

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #22

    marveaux is in my opinion the most exciting player in the team. he is more intelligent on the ball than ben arfa

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  • cyprus

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #23

    TM,
    £275m for Cabaye/ I’d take it too mate

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  • sparky55

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #24

    jeff…i agree…Ben arfa likes to go it alone but marveaux can go past a couple players and spot a pass whereas HBA runs into trouble more often than not.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #25

    Sparky, yes indeed.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #26

    Laurent,
    He has shown flashes, and yes he is best in the number 10 role. Maybe Pards is reluctant to start him because he doesn’t do it consistently in training either. Unfortunately, we aren’t good enough to carry a player who if he isn’t producing the attacking threat then is totally anonymous. I doubt there is a worse tackler at the club.

    If HBA is to play, then Marveaux can’t as they are both too inconsistent. For me it is one or the other until both can prove they can offer something in every game.

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  • Ian Toon

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #27

    Best scored a hat trick against West Ham 21/2 years ago. I was there and saw Tomkins as a youngster learning his trade. He had played only a few games at Premier level. Coloccini was the PFA choice as CB two seasons ago and Tomkins was the Championship choice. I am told that Tomkins is out of favour with Fat Sam because he plays too much football for a CB. Sounds familiar. Given he doesn’t play”hoofball”(sic) and can also play DM he would be a good signing.

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  • cyprus

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #28

    Jeff, I’d put HBA head and shoulders above Marveaux, right now… Check out some of his moves-goals vs. Marveaux’s.

    BUT, the potential is there. I agree with your first paragraph @19, in fact that could be a better set up than the one we play now.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #29

    On tactical environment, Pardew, Carver, Stone Beardsley and Donachie need to sit down and decide what style they want to play next season. Set it out in writing, give it to Kinnear and then implement it from U16 upwards. Let the fans know the style through one of their mouth pieces (Journal/Chron) as it makes no difference if opposition know how you want to play.

    Then, if we bring in the right players for that style and subsequently misuse them and underperform it is clear who is at fault, Pards. Likewise if say Pards says a direct style and we sign Say a Valbuena type, and he looks lost in the direct style, then Carr and Kinnear are at fault for not providing the right tools.

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  • cyprus

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #30

    Lilongwe, yes but imagine those two on fire and combining…

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  • sparky55

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #31

    cyprus…I agree…at this moment in time we have to put HBA higher up the pecking order than Marveaux…but more importantly we have to establish what set up Pardew will start with because the set up will determine where we can or if we can accommodate Marveaux in the team

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #32

    As a clinically creative passing force Marveaux is exactly what we need to help boost the goals scored, via his assists. What use is that though when he’s playing in straight jacket due to the massively underwhelming coaching philosophy.

    That Liverpool home game, once a Liverpool player touched the ball there was immediately at least 2 players setting off on runs dragging players out of position and making themselves an outlet to receive a pass. It is exactly how we should be moving. Pro-active, not reactive.

    Pro-active, needs coaching communication built up through hours of practice during the week. Of course we mainly work on defending for most of the week, so how on earth is retaining posession and being creative being hammered into the players each day? It’s not, you can see it in their general lack of movement during games. Crying shame with some of the talented players which we have at our disposal.

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #33

    Agree with all the love heading Anitas way too :p . I think he should get more games

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  • Scottiedog

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #34

    Straight swap for Ibrahimavic!!!!!!

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #35

    I wonder if Ash’s heart is in this any more.

    I think he set out to have fun but ever since KK put him in the dock I think it’s just become a millstone for him.

    Greed prevented a sale to the Mansoors or anyone else
    and maybe his recent reconciliation with his wife is focusing his thoughts on finally getting rid of something which is more of a chore than a joy.

    No one who was really ” in to the project ” hires Pardew and then JFK twice to potentially wreck a very good squad. Wise is long gone as is long time crony Llambias.

    I will appreciate some of the things Ash has done if he does move on, but the last 6 years have been tough on all of us and I can’t see Ash having the enthusiasm to really put in place all the things that need to be done.

    Llambias got us Wonga and dished out the stupid 8 year deals but Ash let it happen to his cost and maybe
    he thinks enough is enough now. Clutching at straws
    but who knows.

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  • geordiemark

    Jun 27, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #36

    I think we will sell cabaye and ben arfa myself and known ashley he will want somewhere near the 50 million for both but will the team see the money like hell they will

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  • Greebol1892

    Jun 27, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #37

    A great player who we need to keep but every player has his price and at 20m+ it’ll be Yohan G’bye

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  • RoyalToon

    Jun 27, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #38

    We should swap Cabaye for Verratti and Matuidi, then sell Tiote.

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