Alan Pardew Worried About Losing Top Player

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.

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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.

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38 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Aug 12, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    If a big offer comes in he is gone simple.
    All we can hope for is that mashley reinvests the money back in to the squad with some quality additions which is much needed.

  • Graeme

    Aug 12, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #2

    All they have to do is say “Sorry, No thanks as we have no time to recruit a replacement” Do a deal for him to leave in January and then have 3 months to find another to replace him.

    Its not rocket science!!

  • saxonfenken

    Aug 12, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #3

    Great player sometimes, but unreliable some of the time, Very moody and injury prone.
    Get a good offer let him go

  • Jail for Ashley

    Aug 12, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Heslop,Pardew was firmly put back in his place for having the audacity to finish fifth and heighten our expectations after the appropriate humiliations were admonished we won’t be seeing anymore foolish high places for our double manager of the year.
    On the article, just as I’m starting to have a bit of sympathy for the spineless bufoon he advertises the fact Cabaye is up for grabs.

  • Clematis

    Aug 12, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #5

    Methinks the lady doth protest too much. Pardew is, and has been, saying that Cabs is for sale and is inviting prospective buyers. Once he’s sold watch all the stumbling blocks for prospective purchases suddenly fall away. Why is the club not honest with the fans: we’re not buying until we sell.

  • potski

    Aug 12, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #6


    It’s not harsh to criticize Debuchy. It was not a “soft penalty” on Saturday, please don’t try to blame the officials. It was a clear foul, having a swipe at the ball and getting no where near it. After he had backed off 3-4 yards into the penalty area.

    The penalty he conceded against QPR could have seen us relegated. We can’t afford to be giving teams headstarts like that.

  • jazzyp

    Aug 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Graeme-Morning bud
    Its not rocket science, You are quite correct but just look at the demba ba farce. How long we knew of this release clause and yet we still have not replaced him 8 month later.
    Ok we signed gouffy but is of no where near the quality of ba

  • BuckLuck

    Aug 12, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #8

    Heslop Toon from last article.

    Read my post again please. I’ll repeat it if you won’t go back.
    No way will Pardew finish top 6 AGAIN.
    Other teams have better managers(and of course better owners).

    His one way tactic is found out. If you see something in Pardews philosophy that makes us a real contender for a european spot, please share, because right now I envy your optimism.

  • dan5679

    Aug 12, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #9

    Like i told people on here the deal was off for gomis 2 weeks ago i have been updated by my source that cabaye will be sold before the end of the window he wants to leave … and that we will sign 1 more player this player will come in on the last few days of the window the deal maybe a loan

  • nut meg

    Aug 12, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #10

    clematis @ 5
    Simple answer is because they are not honest people !!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 12, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #11

    If they worry so much about losing Cabs maybe they should do like any other top club and find his replacement before we might loose him!

    …it is all about planning!

  • captoon

    Aug 12, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #12

    I don’t think he’ll leave, great on his day and on his off day he’s terrible.

    We all know that its more than likely we’ll get beat off city I’m just hoping we sign someone really soon.

    Oh and I’m a new poster btw

  • lesh

    Aug 12, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #13

    If a big club comes in with a big offer we’ll have to react to that. That’s easy. Just tell them to back off!

    Repost from previous thread to stir the pot:

    Pokat….. Perch, Jonas, Simpson, Williamson, Tiote, Taylor, Shola, Elliott, Cabaye and now Debuchy is the target of those so called fans who are never happy unless they’ve got someone to bash and sicken.

    That’s almost a whole PL starting line up they say are rubbish.

    Any suggestions for a starting eleven of supposedly crap players we should get rid of?

    Come on you player bashers, it shouldn’t take long if you get your highly pinned ju-ju dolls out and lined up, should it?

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Aug 12, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #14

    …and maybe they should get on with the task at hand; getting us another option than Cisse, a backup for Debuchy and upgrade the likes of Obertan, Gos and Willo.

    …we cannot keep worrying about loosing players like Cabs, Benny or anyone else. If it happens it happens all NUFC can do is plan ahead! As they should be doing!

  • dan5679

    Aug 12, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #15

    newcastle want 25 million for cabaye but have been told they will accept a offer around 20 million

    gosling will leave on loan ,ameobi is staying

  • numba9

    Aug 12, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #16

    Have to get in some players NOW not wait until panic stations at the last minute because someone picks one of our top lads…. Because then is the time we will get ripped off bidding as we did to the scousers for a c when they sold Torres . Get this gomis and Scot Sinclair in

  • jazzyp

    Aug 12, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #17

    Soundoid re last thread
    May be it is the fans that’s full of negativity at the moment, But can you really blame them mate.
    Every fan want the best for there prospective club and we would like Ashley just to show that little bit of ambition to take us to the next level.He had his chance when we finished 5th-Qaulified for European football, That my friend would and should have been the time to make a bold statement of intent-Sign 2 0r 3 quality additions and make a play for the top 4.
    There is no excuse as he is the 7th richest premier league owner, And all you have to do is take a look around at where other owners are taking there clubs. And that is forward where as we are sadly just treading water and being left behind.

  • yo-yo

    Aug 12, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #18

    IF Cabs does go it’s more likely to be PSG as they’ll just get on with it , so it could be a quick release transfer – not a fumbling with the straps Toon kind of transfer – but we’ll be left without an important pivot to the side. I’m with Graeme whatever the track record of the club with Ba and AC they need to get a grip, What Ashley seems to conveniently forget when someone comes flashing a wad is that a football club is about performances on the pitch – and delaying a transfer top January when it might help us get an extra 5-6 pts is the right way of doing it.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Aug 12, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #19

    Should have sold Tiote a year ago.
    Should sell Cabaye and HBA this window. (Too late now)
    Should sell Debuchy next summer.

    This is how we build. Buy 2-10m.
    Sell 15 – 30+m

  • yo-yo

    Aug 12, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #20

    Dan why would the club have a valuation of £25m then immediately say they’ll back off by 20% ?
    Cabs is not like a cheap replica shirt made by child labour in some sweat shop

  • potski

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #21

    The difference with Carroll is that there was no warning until the last few days if the window that Liverpool were interested in making a silly offer. We have had months to line up alternatives. The difficulty is knowing whether a bid will actually come in.

    Graeme, like with Carroll, you can’t really stop him going if a big club comes in and he wants to leave. And you can’t make a deal now to sell him in January, that wouldn’t be allowed by the transfer rules, even if the buying club were OK to play half the season without him.

  • lesh

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #22

    The Seven P’s apply quite nicely to our great leaders:

    Proper Pre, Planning, Prevents, Piss, Poor, Performance.

    Or not?

  • corkypants85

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #23

    potski just simply saying it takes players time to settle in to the speed of the epl especially players from abroad debuchy will come good he is a full international player just needs to get up to speed thats all and im not saying the officials were wrong either just there have been soft penaltys given against him.

  • Markaccus

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #24

    Can someone remind me of the code to join the fantasy league that was set up for thos blog please

  • NUFCarter

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #25

    If Cabaye is sold i am blaming Pardew. Hes literally telling big clubs to come and get him.

  • jimmysmith

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #26

    I’m sure PSG have 3 or so players we might fancy if they and Cabs have their hearts set on each other. Might just flesh us out quite nicely actually.

  • dan5679

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #27

    i guarantee you cabaye will be sold the amount will be between 20 -25 m
    newcastle want 25 but the player wants to leave they will accept around the 20 million

  • jazzyp

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #28

    Lesh-morning mate
    Agree totally.You don’t see other clubs in such disarray every pre season.
    We seem to walk from one mistake to the next. Not replacing ba was our biggest mistake last season and nearly cost us dearly.The guy scored 13 goals before Christmas which is the same total cisse scored all season.
    By keep selling your number 1 CF and not replacing them straight away is poor planning by any one’s standard, Never mind the club the size of Nufc

  • lesh

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #29

    yo-yo, Dan.

    We want £25m but will accept £20m – NUFC

    Bale’s valuation seems to have risen from £45m to £100m.

    Can anybody spot the difference between our approach to selling Spurs’?

  • martoon

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #30

    Markaccus – It’s on the top right corner of most blog pages – I haven’t done my team yet!

  • nut meg

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #31

    We are crying out for a creative player who can score goals.This clip shows you the man who can do both,I just hope they are looking at this guy. Dusan Tadic for fc Twente against Feyenoord yesterday. His 2 passes led to penalties ,he scored both of them,he also assisted 2 goals. Take a look.

  • geordiemark

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #32

    do yous honestly think if we get up to 30m for cabaye then we will sign replacements dont count on it the money will go en route stright into ashleys bank account like andy carrols transfer money did

  • Clematis

    Aug 12, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #33

    Nutmeg @ 10

    Indeed! 🙂

  • wynsleap

    Aug 12, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #34

    “If a BIG club comes in…..”
    WE are a big club – it’s only because we have a tight, unambitious owner, a tactically inept, negative manager, a joke of a DOF and a clueless coaching team that suggests otherwise.
    Any other club with our history, the stadium we have and the huge and loyal fan base filling that stadium for every home game would be a big club if it had the right people in, in all aspects.
    P****s me off when I hear Pardew say “If a big club comes in”. He’s just part of the problem.
    Give us the right ownership and management and you’ll REALLY see how big this club is. (Remember the Keegan years – we even rivalled Man U in those days and it’s still there waiting to roll)

  • Sav

    Aug 12, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #35

    Just announce his price (25 million?) and announce it goes up by 500k for every day between now and the transfer deadline. Seemples.

  • Sav

    Aug 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #36

    What about offloading Obertan etc? I thought JFK was going to start with a clear-out? He’s done nowt.

  • gazzaforever

    Aug 12, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #37

    Hatem s better than messi , change your stupid name if tou keep on writing that we should sell Benny , you twat. As for cabaye, just sell him, he s average, not that great.

  • investinyouthtoon

    Aug 12, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #38

    In order to stop us getting screwed at the last minute, why don’t the club set a deadline for any teams wanting to buy Cabaye, such as a week or two in order to allow us to get a replacement, without having to either make do without Cabaye or any replacement, which if happened wouldn’t be a total surprise with the clowns in charge at this club….


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