This Frenchman Most Likely To Leave Newcastle This Summer

Last summer owner Mike Ashley put a price tag of £25M on his top stars, and he didn’t want to lose any of them – but every player at Newcastle has their price, it’s just a high price for our best players.

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Yohan Cabaye – most likely to leave this summer

And that strategy seemed to work well last year, as we lost none of our top players, although there was a circus in town with Demba Ba’s representatives continually stirring things up by mentioning clubs who could be interested in signing the striker for the £7M release clause in his Newcastle contract.

So the news today that Newcastle will demand £25m for Yohan Cabaye if Paris St Germain do follow-up their interest in the player. is not too surprising.

It was hinted strongly when former French and Bordeaux manager Laurent Blanc became the new PSG manager, that Yohan was their number one target – but again whether that’s true or not, it’s always hard to say in this silly season.

We’ll see how Newcastle handle some of the bids that come in for some of our best players, with Yohan being the most obviously player other clubs want – and Monaco have also expressed an interest.

And we’ll get a chance to see how good Joe Kinnear is at his new job as Director of Football, after we’ve been reminded of the baggage the Dublin-born former Tottenham player carries around.

Reports in France suggest PSG are coming in with an initial £18M bid, and we do think that if they increase that bid by about a third, then Yohan could be on his way.

And maybe that’s why we’ve been linked with FC Twente attacking midfielder Leroy Fer.

There were reports that Cabaye was interested in leaving Newcastle late last August, when some big club, thought to be Arsenal came in for him, and his comments this summer have hardly suggested he is keen to stay on Tyneside.

And supposedly he is not too happy with the stupid comments made by our new Director of Football either – but who is?.

If any top player leaves Newcastle this summer the odds are on it being Yohan Cabaye – and he could go to either PSG or Monaco with the betting being he would move to the Paris based club, who can offer him Champions League football.

But that would be a step down in class for Yohan from the Premier League, with the French League being ranked only number six in Europe.

To a large extent it depends what Yohan wants to do, and if he’s itching for a move away from Newcastle, we should let him go, but only for £25M in cash up front.

What do you think?

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22 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Jun 29, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #1

    I have a really bad feeling about this transfer window, and while Joe Kinnear is EXTREMELY busy “Pondering transfer targets” other clubs are buying them up. I think we will see all our targets in the Premier League next season, unfortunately they will be playing against us.

  • magpie6699

    Jun 29, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #2

    My worry about losing Cabaye would be if it unsettles some of the others eg Debuchy, Sissokho.
    And on the last post – Damn! Looks like we’ve missed out on another player that we never had any interest in!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jun 29, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    So we sell our star player and replace him with an average player who failed a medical with Everton, wow genius!

  • gus3232

    Jun 29, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #4

    never posted before but read all the comments,hope we get pea and siem de jong and tom ince maybe then would not be too bothered about cabaye going,plus selling obertan,shola,and gosling would only be net spend of about 10 million,and maybe cover for right back

  • AmericanMagpie

    Jun 29, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Please, no.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jun 29, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed you are really the king of ifs and buts these days!

    …but you have nothing to back up these fears (take it easy mate; if someone bids for our players it is not in our hands anyway 😉 )

  • jazzyp

    Jun 29, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #7


    cabaye is by far one of our top players but for one reason or another its becoming quite clear he doesn’t have the same passion and desire for nufc anymore
    he has stated that if an interesting offer ie man u came in with an offer he wouldn’t turn it down.i would love nothing more than to have cabs surrounded by sissokho-hba-de jong-belhanda ect but the truth is if a player wants to move on let him


    Jun 29, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #8

    As much as it would sadden me i have to say that if 25Mil was offered i think Fat Ash would sell him !

    Talk-Sport even had a headline with “Want away”! in it.

    Something else is screamingly obvious to me just recently!
    We never seem to see as much Crap published in the Media about the likes of Manure,Shitty, Totenham and the Gooners?

    There is just soooooo much shite flying around at the moment about what we are and what we are not doing ( Inactivity ) !

  • Spotlight Kid

    Jun 29, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Whisper it…. I’ve heard Grant Holt is on the radar (sshhhhh)!

  • Spotlight Kid

    Jun 29, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #10

    …well if everyone else is supposedly ITK, can’t anyone join in?

  • Krul To Be Kind

    Jun 29, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #11


    Fer is a quality player, the failed medical at Everton was a smokescreen to get the price down… by all accounts IMO Cabaye doesn’t do anything Fer can’t and he is younger, quicker and stronger for a lot less £££!

  • bills-son

    Jun 29, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #12

    I think the two least likely players to be sold this summer are Cabaye and HBA.

    Why? Because Ashley doesn’t want to sell, he doesn’t need the money and whilst every player at any club has his price – I bet Messi could be bought for £150M – Ashley will want £25-30M+ to even consider selling and I doubt any club would pay that for either player. Because neither is worth it.

    Having said that, I’d snatch the hand off at any club who offered over £20M for Cabaye. He doesn’t produce often enough and the only time I’ve ever seen him really stamp his authority on a game was at Aston Villa two seasons ago. Good player, but worth cashing in on at £20M+ imo.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 29, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #13

    spotlight kid
    don’t joke mate,ya will be telling me Jonas is our best player next!!
    personally if I could get 25 million for kebab i’d take it

  • toon kk

    Jun 29, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #14

    25 mill keep dreaming.

  • Spotlight Kid

    Jun 29, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #15


    I’d take £15m based on his underwhelming performances last season. Problem is I have no confidence the money is going to be re-invested well, and will (Carroll style) end up “fixing the under-soil heating at Benton” (aka Ashley’s back pocket).

  • faustino asprilla newcastle

    Jun 29, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #16

    maybe if we bring Aubameyang can be the reason for Cabaye to stay. he wants to compete in stronger Newcastle, but if we dont bring Aub i dont know what will hold on Cabaye in the club

  • Sav

    Jun 29, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #17

    Kinnear’s promise to ‘ travel anywhere to watch players’ in the close season doesn’t inspire confidence.
    Have we decided what his job is yet? He’s describing it a s chief scout – no-one would put him in charge of negotiations, surely? Ashley’s spy in Newcastle probably is the nearest to the truth. It doesn’t look good.

  • ArtyH

    Jun 29, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #18

    On a purley business side I would take 30m for Cabaye and go for the striker and defender we were after, two for one. The go for Foy to replace the midfield gap. Much stronger team, extra player minimum spend, most would be happy with that.?

  • Bucks mag

    Jun 29, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #19

    I’d conditioned myself that Cabaye would be leaving from the Arsenal game, hopefully Monaco’s and PSG’s interest sparks off a bidding war.

  • county down magpie

    Jun 29, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #20

    Ed, not to criticise but, where’s the proof? where’s the quotes? There is none because there is none. I love this blog and am in no way disparaging you but less of the sensationalist headlines in this already silly enough season

  • gazzaforever

    Jun 29, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #21

    I ve heard that psg rejected the insane amount of money Newcastle were asking for, too bas, I really think that we can find better than cabaye easily

  • Davies

    Jun 29, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #22

    Bills-son – Barca turned down £250m for Messi from a Russian club (Anzhi, I think) a little while ago. Some players just aren’t for sale, mate. Not many, but some.


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