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Cabaye Could Stay At Newcastle – And We Need A Center-Back

10:48 am, Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 38 Comments

Arsenal are supposed to have put in a bid of around €12M (£10.2M) for Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye last Sunday, but Newcastle immediately rejected the offer, which was nowhere close to the club’s valuation of their French Intentional, who cost €5M when he was signed from Lille two years ago.

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Yohan Cabaye – could stay if we don;t get massive offer

And there is a brief report in today’s French newspaper L’Equipe, that PSG have now put in a bid for the 27 year-old, but it’s just a little higher than Arsenal’s bid, and it reported to be €15M, which is around £12.8M.

We wouldn’t be surprised if Yohan Cabaye wants to join up again with Laurent Blanc, who brought him into the French side when Laurent was the France manager, and Yohan would get a higher wage at the Paris club too and European competition, although the French league is a lower standard than the Premier League.

But his move depends on whether Newcastle get a big enough offer for the player, and a big offer on Newcastle’s terms is somewhere in the range of €25M (£21M), and both Arsenal and PSG are nowhere near that level, at the moment.

Newcastle will reject the offers until they get somewhere near what they want for Cabaye, but it could be that in the next 11 days Newcastle don’t get that kind of offer from either club, and Mike Ashley will not sell.

Yohan is also supposed to be Mike’s favorite Newcastle’s player, so the owner is probably not too keen to sell him, and certainly if we hold onto him and bring in at least one top striker, and maybe another center-back before the window closes, we should be in good shape for the season.

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6′ 1″ Toby Alderweireld – a bargain buy at just £5M

We’re not sure Newcastle are strong enough at center-back, especially after that woeful performance at the Etihad Stadium.

So why don’t Newcastle put in a bid of £5M for Ajax’ Belgian International defender Toby Alderweireld – that seems like a bargain buy for a player who becomes a free agent next summer.

And it’s now looking like a poor decision by Joe Kinnear to halt the move for free agent center-back Douglas of FC Twente, after a deal had apparently been agreed by Derek Llambias with his agents to come to Newcastle.

And Toby can also play at right back and potentially challenge Mathieu Debuchy for that position, after the French International looked out of sorts on Monday night, to say the least.

What do you think?

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38 responses so far ↓

  • 1 RonVanDam // Aug 22, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    @24 Wayayman

    If we do sell Cabs, it will take 2-3 seasons to find a like to like replacemen. We need someone like him to spray the ball around, Marv is a good alternative but he’s no cabaye lol

    I rather we have a new manager then a new player at this stage. Someone who we could get on cheap would be Frank Rijkaard on a 2 year plan then get a better manager after that or re-access his performance and then decide or bring in Paul Tisdale from Exeter to replace Pardew

  • 2 Santon03 // Aug 22, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    I would rather see Dummet get more chances than buying toby or any cb.

  • 3 JackButler // Aug 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    For us to get anything against City was always going to be tough bordering on the impossible and in truth I can take us losing especially at the hands of a club that has spent hundreds of millions over the last few years on players.

    What I can’t take is losing when we show no intensity, drive or desire from kick-off. We looked lost and as if we had no planning or game plan. The lack of investment is hurting us thats for sure but so is the way we approach games and signings are not going to make everything okay and turn us around.

    Our problems run far deeper than just investment

  • 4 Indian Magpie // Aug 22, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Geordie Mark

    He aint gonna sell any cheaper with all the profits that he can see.

    May do some panic buying in JAN if he feels something is needed, as he did last Jan and while we were in CCC to ensure promotion.

  • 5 richyg01 // Aug 22, 2013 at 10:54 AM


    According to L’Equipe, Paris Saint-Germain have made an offer to sign Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye. It seems the bid is around 15million euros, bigger than the initial offer made by Arsenal. Laurent Blanc is on record this summer as saying that the France international midfielder is one of his favourite players.

  • 6 JackButler // Aug 22, 2013 at 10:55 AM

  • 7 Santon03 // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    JB @3

    I agree. Like you said earlier, it would have cost less if Ashley just replaced pardew.
    I think it will be better and refreshing for the team if we have new manager.
    Ashley is good boss imo, he still gives chances to his employee to do better job. This is the last chance for pardew.

  • 8 tooned in // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Paul Tisdale !! Wow that’s a bit left field – dont get me wrong I like what he is doing (and I went to same school – played with his younger brother!) but not sure he is ready for this level yet … Couple more years maybe ?

  • 9 Spartak Miserable // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Ed, Why do you persist on focusing on this Toby Andewield bloke?

    I seem to recall this time last year when everyone was banging on about Debuchy just like they way Andewield is being talked about now – and Debuchy has turned out to be utter dog sh*t.

    Who is to say he wont end up the same way if he were to join?

    So rather than bullsh*t articles, which most of the time dont have any solid proof, why not wait until there is an official bid and judge a guy once he has played in this league rather than just assume he is good based on the fact he might be a decent turn on Fifa or Footy Manager.

    Rant over.

  • 10 JackButler // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:09 AM


    Ashley has got his fair share of things right at the club, but he then persists in undermining everything with baffling decisions and appointments that negate everything that is positive.

    For me the West Ham and Fulham games are must wins for Pardew or we will descend into chaos as right now he is hanging on by his finger nails and it would be better for all concerned to just put him and us out of our misery

  • 11 low fell mag // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    Au Revoir ,Cabaye. For me he can go .
    Very over rated , good player( when he decides he wants to play) ,but he is not a great.
    When Anita is given a steady run for the first team he will fill his boots no bother.
    No bottle and more importantly no love for the club.
    If nobody stumps up the cash for him ,drop him and make him train with the reserves,
    Then we will see how his head feels !

  • 12 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    I presume Pardew selected MYM against City specifically to counteract Navas. I hope that if we were in the same position at home against West Ham or Fulham that he would have played MYM in the centre and Dummett at left back. It might have been a bit intimidating for Dummett to start but he did do pretty well when he came on.

    I’d be happy if we signed another centre back, Saylor is too prone to stupid mistakes and needs to be 3rd or 4th choice for out club. I still say the striker is more important though.

    What’s happened to Willo anyway? Is he injured?

  • 13 Chris Waddle // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM


    Interesting to hear this morning from the business world that Ashley is touting us around for between £150-£200 million because he now his eyes are now firmly set upon buying his way into Rangers which he sees as less investment for more return (excluding TV Rights).

    This is the reason that Joe Kinnear was brought in to ‘oversee’ the football side of things as it now frees Ashley to tout us about and make enquiries into Rangers you may have read that Charles Green put his shares up this week – Ashley is already close to purchasing these. It is also the reason Ashley has not and will not spend this summer he is intent on maximum gain from NUFC. He might be an utter bastard but he is certainly a clever businessman. Unless Cabaye is sold expect no more signings – sorry!!!

  • 14 Wayayman // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    RVD@1 Hell, i totally agree that Pardew is the weak link (and the entire coaching staff to be honest) but as a short term replacement for the Citeh game the other night, Mav was the obvious choice I’d have thought. He’s not as tenacious as Cabs, doesn’t tackle back too much but in terms of getting us going forward and being able to pick out a pass, to spot a run, he’s the man. I don’t think he’s a long terma answer by the way, but for the next 3 or 4 years till Mike buys a Cabs replacement he’ll have to do :-)

  • 15 Dude // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    I have actually watched Alderweireld live quite a bit. He’s seriously not that good. And he’s a dreadful full-back. For those who bang on about Eriksen I met a friend of his and he’s said he wouldn’t even consider Liverpool as they’re so far below his aspirations. Kind of excludes us. Not sure where that leaves us. Probably selling Cabaye on deadline day and ending up with a panic buy replacement or none at all is my best guess.

  • 16 Benji84 // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Jack butler i have to agree that any with city would be a massive win. The thing that confuses me is ashley has all these massive business that makes a shitloadd of cash, but saying that he treats this club on a shoe string and no real plan, eg leaving reenforements with players to the last minute, selling players in the last minute. I have no farking idea why Joe is doing what he is doing . Can someone tell me seriously why he has the job??? Looking at this you would not believe that he is so rich and successful with other business.

  • 17 Wayayman // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Oh and can’t we just sway Cabaye for players? PSG have some belters not getting much game time. Menez, Sakho, that tall Swedish fella with the long hair… lol

  • 18 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    I’m p*ssed off about the Cabaye situation, p*ssed off that we haven’t had a good transfer window and p*ssed off at the embarrassment of the Man City game. But fans shouldn’t overreact on the basis of that one game. We need to see how things are after the next 2 home games and also who we bring in. There’s nothing we can do to change those things anyway other than create a toxic atmosphere around our club which can only harm the players (and potential players).

  • 19 nut meg // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    JB @ 3
    I agree with what you say, we don’t have any idea of what we’re supposed to be doing.New coaching staff required sharpish !

  • 20 corkypants85 // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    WE NEED CREATIVITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we had absolutly no creativity against city same story as last season we need a midfielder who plays behind the forwards!

  • 21 Thump // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    @JackButler: This thing really bothers me about that article:

    Clumsy and foolish but a little harsh, the red card did the England centre-back a favour in many ways, saving him from further embarrassment after he had gifted Manchester City the first two goals.

    Gifted? The first one was a massive defensive error (on everybody’s part) and the second one was actually good defending by Saylor. He backed off, stood him up and tracked perfectly. Had he not missed his interception, it wouldn’t have went in. The real irony is that Saylor needed to lift his foot a split second earlier and it would have been praised as brilliant defensive play. Que sera.

  • 22 JackButler // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    It’s simply really – If we lose a game at least lose fighting for everything and everyone giving 100%

  • 23 Wayayman // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:18 AM


    Sadly, running a successful business has nowt to do with running a successful football club. It’s the exact opposite in fact.
    Running a successful business means you have to have a product or service people want or need, you have to find the cheapest way of making the product or providing the service, then you cut overheads drastically and employ people to run it who put the plans in place. Then you keep investment as low as possible while keeping the profit coming in.

    See any similarities with the way our club is run?

    Shepherd and the Halls were sucessful businessmen BUT they didn’t run this club like a business. They ran it like it was somehting they were passionate about, and all logic and business sense went out the window.

  • 24 Rotonda heights // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Without saylor and Jonas we may actually have a chance against west ham but not if that plum pardew picks sameobi over marv.


    Anita Colo M’Biwa Dummet

    Sissoko Tiote Marveaux

    Ben Arfa Cisse Gouffran

  • 25 Benji84 // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    buddy we need just some god dam balls!!!!! I mean the whole bobby robson era the middle field and forwards and back line all had balls. lets look back at that game against leeds and we were 3-1 down and we came back and won it. Who thinks that this team has the guts to do that. i think we need is some one with a bit of flair who can score a few goals thats what we lack

  • 26 bobby mango // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    If he stays it’ll be like a new signing!!

    Getting in a decent cb, at a decent price, who can challenge rb as well. Sounds great. It’s blatantly too sensible for the board to follow up though. Morons.

  • 27 MrMojoRisin76 // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    I’m a little confused here,can anybody who wants Pardew out explain to me why you think MA will appoint a top manager if he does sack him?,we have our next manager already at the club,it’s Joe Kinnear.The ONLY person you should be focusing your anger on is MA and hope he sells up,that is the ONLY way you will see an ambitious managerial appointment.And would you come and work under MA if you were a top class coach?

  • 28 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:25 AM


    At least that’s not as bad as articles saying “Team A beat 10 man Team B” when Team B had a man sent off in the last 5 minutes…

    Still Saylor is prone to mistakes. He has plenty of passion and is strong but isn’t quick and isn’t bright. I don’t think many people would put him in our best starting 11.

  • 29 JackButler // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:26 AM


    For me Saylor showed the extent of his stupidity with the red card, but defensively he was ok to a point, especially when he had to deal with Debuchy to his side who was beyond poor and we had a midfield that City constantly walked through.

    But he needs a serious kick in the arse for the red card as he let everyone hanging through his lack of intelligence and professionalism

  • 30 JaxtheMag // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    toby is not a strong cen half,but we need some1 coz even collo is starting to look average. sat id play krull santon mbia collo dumett or anita. benny tiotte sissoko marv. cisse goofy. and then prey.

  • 31 Rainrix // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Mojo… Here here. Ashleys the real problem at this club, pardews just a symptom of it. Even if somehow ashley did bring in a top manager how long would he last before he got sick of the fat man? A lot of the anger is misdirected.

  • 32 Rotonda heights // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:31 AM


    We should have been 3 down after taylor’s blatant handball
    just like v sunderland when he hauled danny graham back.
    Poor, poor defender.

  • 33 newcben // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    We are only a couple of players away from a really good starting 11…we need more strength in depth. I have always said Cisse is poor even when he first came in, scored some amazing goals but was so clumsy and missed sitters. With the addition of a good CF and a CAM we would be all good(starting 11 wise anyway). Debuchy needs time like colo, Enrique, vidic, evra etc.


    I don’t rate Cisse, I don’t rate Gomis….a good striker is hard to come by especially for under 20m. I think we really missed a trick not gettin Bony, would it been perfect up top on his own or playing alongside Cambell….I worry that out squad lacks English players as well but there quality to money ratio is terrible!

  • 34 newcben // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    Maybe play Remy up top and Marv out wide? The striker issue really worries me

  • 35 bobby mango // Aug 22, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    Although I agree Ashley is the main blame I cannot see anyone buying anytime soon.

    Criticising Pardew and wanting a better manager isn’t misdirected. He really is awful at tactics, motivation and to top it off he’s an arrogant twit.
    Given that we won’t be getting a new owner anytime soon I think it’s conceivable we could get in a half decent manager, who like his teams to play properly. It would also mean a clear out of the coaching staff..

    Realise Kinnear would probably come in, at least short term. But hey, then we should at least sort out our set pieces!

  • 36 Premiership Manager // Aug 22, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    For me the whole balance of the team, particularly the midfield is wrong. There is no cohesion, creativity, movement is poor and the link up play is abysmal.

    The defence and forwards get a lack of service/protection and the whole French revolution in my eyes doesn’t have momentum, passion or pride. In short the whole team need to be rebuilt around a core of established EPL players.

    For me if Arsenal want Cabaye they can have him for £10M + Ramsey.

    If Debuchy wants to follow him out of the door, he can go and we can put Santon on the right and Dummet/Hadara on the left.

    Bring in Hoilett, Moses and Ince or Sinclair + a centre back and we have a complete squad with flair, passion and creativity.

    If they leave it as it is we will struggle and we will be in for a relegation dog fight.

    I can’t see us getting the results we need against West Ham, Fulham and Villa so Pardew is on borrowed time so it’s likely JFK will get a shout in the hot seat before Ashley gets rid of him as well.

    The next problem will be finding a quality manager who will be prepared to take the task on and rebuild the squad with an owner who doesn’t learn from his mistakes or invest when he needs to.

    I can’t believe the mess we’re in and I have a feeling it’s going to get a lot worse before it gets better.

    Sorry I can’t give any positives but like many I’m very concerned as to where it will all end

  • 37 toonbrother // Aug 22, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Poor cabaye. Stuck playing with a joke like Colocinni every day can’t be fun

  • 38 Black and White Blood // Aug 22, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    I’d be happy if we replaced him with McCarthy, actually. Tidy player, and his time at Wigan will have taught him a thing or two about coming from behind.

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