Alan Pardew remembers well the sale of Andy Carroll on January 31st, 2011 when he had assured fans that Andy was going nowhere, and then on the last day of that transfer window, Liverpool and manager Kenny Dalglish came in with a massive offer of £35M in cool cash for the England striker, and he was gone.
Yohan Cabaye - in action against Braga on Saturday
And then Newcastle didn’t have enough time to get in a replacement, and we struggled through the rest of the season with not enough strikers, much like we did last season after Demba Ba was sold in January to Chelsea for only £7M.
And Pardew is now worried that some club like PSG for example may have plans to do exactly the same thing and come in late in the transfer window with a massive offer for Cabaye – and then where would Newcastle be?
PSG, Manchester United and Tottenham have all been credited with an interest in the French International and either one of those clubs could come in for Cabaye just before the window closes in early September.
Alan Pardew was asked in the Chronicle today about some potential late moves for some of Newcastle’s top players, especially for Yohan Cabaye:
“That is a worry, we have had that before with Andy Carroll and it was a tricky time to lose Andy when we did. We managed to overcome that but you don’t want to make it a habit.”
“For me, of course I want to keep him.”
“If one of the big clubs comes in with a massive offer, we will have to react to that.” As it stands at the moment there have still been no offers, he remains our player and myself and the fans would love to see him stay come September 2nd – and still be in a black and white shirt.”
“The speculation about Cabaye is right.” “He’s a top player and I wouldn’t expect no less. It’s good for his confidence.” “He’s not caused me one problem and he’s worked really hard.” “His professionalism has been brilliant and our fans need to know that.”
Remember that we may seem to be in good shape when the very last day of the transfer window comes around on Monday 2nd September, and then there could be some swift movement by some club to try to get Yohan, or even one or two others of Newcastle’s top players.
But it would need to be at least a £25M offer for Cabaye for the Magpies to sell, and it begs the question whether we want to sell decent central midfielders like Dan Gosling this summer, in case Cabaye does leave the club at the last moment.
What do you think?
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