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PSG Pull Out Of Race For Cabaye

8:52 am, Friday, August 23rd, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 39 Comments

There’s a report in French newspaper L’Equipe today that PSG have decided to end their pursuit of Newcastle central midfielder Yohan Cabaye, and that could be good news for Newcastle.

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Yohan Cabaye – report that PSG have pulled out of the race

As it turns out the Arsenal bid of £12M for Yohan Cabaye was made last Friday, and not on Sunday as Alan Pardew had reported, and yesterday Alan said that Arsenal had yet to come back with an improved bid, after Newcastle had called the bid derisory.

Now if PSG have indeed pulled out, we may see a higher bid from the London club, but we wouldn’t bet our money on that happening, or the bid being much bigger than £12M – Arsenal may go up to £15M.

We’ve read in one or two Arsenal blogs that they think they will now be able to get Cabaye to London, because he wants to join Arsenal – but we think Mike Ashley is going to hold out for £25M, and Arsenal are not going to be that daft to mire than double their current bid.

Mike is a bit like Spurs’ Daniel Levy, and he is a hard-nosed business man.

Of Course Yohan is now unsettled at Newcastle, so we’ll see if that starts to play a role – but we doubt it, and we believe Mike Ashley when he says he will only sell Cabaye for a huge fee.

If that doesn’t come in then Yohan Cabaye will remain a Newcastle player and he will need to get on with things on Tyneside.

And we should get some clue in tomorrow’s game on what the current situation is – if Yohan does play then there’s a decent chance he will stay on Tyneside.

And given it’s a very important season, and Yohan will need to play well if he is to remain in the French squad for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil next summer, we think if he does stay then Cabaye will quickly settle down again on Tyneside.

Well we hope that happens. 😀

What do you think?

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39 responses so far ↓

  • 1 reccerobbo // Aug 23, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    Thank god looks like he’s a stayer

  • 2 cyprus // Aug 23, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    Yep, lots of able managers out there.

    On the question who in his right mind would take on NUFC, are you serious? Twentieth largest club in the world (revenue), 7th in PL (salaries), some good players, big stadium. Many very good managers would kill or die for that position, for sure.

    I read you on the overhaul. In truth, this group of players have ultimately failed, although I’m not sure it’s down to individuals. But then you proceed to say, populate the team with English players. Why?? They’re more expensive and not necessarily more talented. The top PL teams base their success on foreigners…

    I’m beginning to buy into the idea that the best transfer doesn’t even have to fit in the window: a new manager can walk through the door

  • 3 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 23, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    The way I see it the next 10 days will/could spell the direction/destiny of our Famous Club –
    players coming in,
    players going out,
    results of next two games

  • 4 agent007 // Aug 23, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    007 he will go we will buy and we will be happy once again 007 said so

  • 5 cyprus // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    On this article. Now we are stuck with an out of form MF who doesn’t want to be here? Well, wow, let’s celebrate.

  • 6 Harley // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    This is terrible news. No way will arsenal pay over the odds for anyone. We’ll be stuck with him and he’ll want to leave. Great.

  • 7 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    i agree this is terrible new….with that budget bring in the players we need….. HAHAHAH amazing….like more BAD news…

  • 8 tomellifred360 // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    PSG are playing games. They will return on the final day of the window. We will sell and have no time to replace him.

  • 9 Ibizatoon // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    On the Pardew debate from the previous thread (I know, I’m sorry)…

    I think almost every single toon fan accepts Pardew is not great, probably not even that good, he is okay (imo, not “terrible, league -1,000,000 standard, etc etc”). Yes he says some silly things, makes some stupid calls, etc etc, but I think the point of those that think the criticism is over the top is that we don’t feel Pardew is the real issue at the end of the day.

    It’s easy to say that anyone would be better than him, whilst there will be a fair few, not all will be, no one believes that and it’s silly to say you do.

    Yes we should be striving for the best and as such you need to think about the core issue, not just a result of the issue.

    It’s simply delaying things further. Force Pardew out and simply give Ashley more time imo. We need some clarity, proper direction…you know, a properly run football club? He might be propped up as the “manager”, but we all know his control of the actual club in minimal.

    So yeah, there are reasons to be frustrated at Pardew, but shouldn’t the main frustration be at his boss? The one who hired him, kept him in the job, continues to not back the man even though he pleas to the press on a weekly basis to the point where it’s embarrassing?

  • 10 Slater // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    A player I feel we could really benefit from us Oscar Cardozo. Looking at his style of play he could easily compliment Remy up top. He’s a known goal scorer, yes he may be 30 years old, but should that really stop us from signing somebody who’s still got a good 3-4 years in him. Also he’s currently on a deal at benfica which sees him get €20k a week, which is a steal! What do you guys think?

  • 11 bobby mango // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Think he will go and I don’t think it will be anything like 25m.

    Everyone calls Ashley a hard seller and refers to the Carroll sell but that was a one-off. How many big bids have we rebuffed? How many other times have we received an inflated price?

    Given, Enrique, N’zogbia, Milner, Nolan… All went at or below market value.

  • 12 geordiemark // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    nowt suprises me at the minute whats gannin on at st james, the big problem ive got at the minute is our players fitness levels because there shocking no way there fit and then you have an inept manager in pardew and multi tablet rattling nutcase kinnear and I wont go into what ashley is we all know that one, its one big mess down there and it needs sorting out the whole lot from top to bottom or were in the fizzy pop league chaps simple as that

  • 13 Ibizatoon // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    On thread…Still so up in the air. All comes down to where Cabayes head is at. If he’s not going to try I’d rather he was sold. I like the idea of being strong etc, but can we really afford (i’m not talking financially) to have one of our best players not giving a cr*p or sitting on the bench. It will hold us further back imo.

    Not reading anything in to the PSG aspect of this article. Would expect nothing less than to hear they’ve cooled their interest, as they don’t want to appear needy in the midst of our driving the price up frenzy…just bartering tactics for me.

    I actually wouldn’t be too surprised to see Cabaye stay though…maybe with a nice new contract to help keep the blues away 😉

  • 14 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:21 AM


    I get it, I really do. I’m no Pardew lover and I’m not convinced he’s right for the club but there were extenuating circumstances last season and he did take us to 5th before. I (and many fans) said they either needed to sack him at the end of the season or give him some time of the new season and I haven’t changed my mind because City stuffed us, Cabaye wants to leave and JFK can’t get the players in.

    Lose the next 2 home games and the situation becomes serious but I’m not one to flip flop between beliefs just because of one result. Some people on here (not saying you) change from one extreme to the other every time there is some news!

  • 15 martoon // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    I wish people would cheer up – look it’s a bank holiday weekend, it’s the first home match of the season. I’ve got my ST and my Magpie Mover looking forward to tomorrow’s game when we beat West Ham and then watching it on MOTD listening to big Sam’s whinging.
    (Do I sound convincing? 🙂 )

  • 16 nut meg // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    A unhappy player is neither use nor ornament.If he stays & performs like the season just gone his value will plummet,get what you can for him now.

  • 17 agent007 // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    hmmmmm……………..he has his head turned he has,i turned my head, everyone turns there head..we do

  • 18 Ibizatoon // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    martoon…As much as JK himself 🙂

    On the actual football side, it shouldn’t be as bad as Monday, that’s expected. Be interesting to see if we get anymore spirit from the players, as that’s really all I want to see right now.

  • 19 geordiemark // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:24 AM


    nope haha

  • 20 ToonDarnSarf // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Modric stayed at Spurs for one more season. He started off slowly as his head was obviously elsewhere for a while but he soon hit his stride. Doubly important for Cabaye as its World Cup year so he will have to be professional and play as well for us as possible if he stays. I hope he does, then I hope he has a corking World Cup so we can sell him for even more next summer!

  • 21 AusMagpie // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:25 AM

    Never thought I’d see the day where Cabaye less likely to leave would be a bad thing. Only at Newcastle.

  • 22 joeinthecheapseats // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Don’t think Cabaye could afford to sulk its a World Cup year
    If he isn’t playing he won’t be in the French team
    We should only sell if we get a big bid but problem is we aren’t close to buying anyone

  • 23 Ibizatoon // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    007….All the way around?

  • 24 Country Ken // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Why is it these days that the second a bid is made for a player, the player instantly becomes a liability to the team and can’t possibly play because all of a sudden they have fogotten how to play.

    I read an article about player power recently that highlighted a football clubs inability to force players to play. If I was spending money paying these prima donas they would be on the pitch with my boot up thier backsides should they refuse.

    Surely clubs in this day and age are smart enough to put clauses in to players contracts that state should a bid be made for thier services they have 2 choices. 1, they continue to play like the professionals they should be or 2, they dont play, train or get paid should “thier heads be turned”.

    When on form (which doesnt seem to happen much with him anymore) he is a great player. Pardew states we do not need to sell in order to buy, therefore tell Cabaye weather his head has been turned or not he will train and play to the best of his ability or be fined for breaking the terms of an employment cointract.

  • 25 Ibizatoon // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Joe and TDS…Good point and probably right. Still, doesn’t fill one with too much confidence does it…oh we should be alright, they’ll want to do well as it’s the WC…pretty sure somewhere in there should be the desire for our players to want our team to do well…for the team itself.

  • 26 geordiemark // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    PSG want cabaye simple as that there just playing games, read this morning that ashleys sports direct shit company is ready to join the elite, 6.50 a share hes made multi millions, wonder how much hes made out of our club with sales, tv money, free advertising his shit empire ect ect and I read most of his staff who work for him is on no contracts the mans an utter shit bag….. can feel my blood presure boiling again better stop 🙂

  • 27 geordiemark // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Country Ken

    agree with you 100%

  • 28 AaranD // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    If he stays he will put in a shift as, like many have said, it is World Cup year and he’s not guaranteed a place as France have loads of CM players and their manager is a bit of a nutter.
    I still think we will be spending some money regardless if any of our players leave.

  • 29 AusMagpie // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    So does anyone think we have a chance against West Ham this weekend?

  • 30 Ibizatoon // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Country Ken…I like it, it could be known as the “Don’t be a **** clause”.


    Disclaimer: **** means love…of course!

  • 31 Our Toon // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Quite surprised at the reaction of some on here, head turned/hearts not in it BS!! It’s a World Cup year so he will want to play his best otherwise he’s out of the team, it’s as simple as that.

    Pardew will push this as like having a new signing!! Why are some so intent to get rid of quite possibly the most creative player in the team especially when this is an area we are seriously lacking in? This manager will be gone before the end of the season and if JFK takes over, well he will also be gone as his heart will pack in.

    Bottom line, keep Cabaye this season and we will have a player who may not want to play for the current manager but will want to go to the world cup, if someone like Poyet come in to manage the team then he’ll want to stay for longer, because his teams play the type of football these lads want to play!!

  • 32 geordiemark // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    can you imagine these players if author cox was manager god he would have strangled them and put them out to pasture

    players have far to much say simple as that there over paid and over rated by a mile and there transfer fees are just stupid to say the least and then they have there image rights worlds gone mad

  • 33 geordiemark // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:34 AM


    they better or its the start of a 3rd world war 🙂

  • 34 geordiemark // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    lets put it this way lads

    pardew stays were relegated which is better paying him off and getting another manager who plays football or loose 60m tv money ect ect ect


    pay him off now or were nackard

  • 35 geordiemark // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    look at cabaye and if he didnt want to play at man city

    sorry boss my heads been turned ………….. boss says go home

    my boss at work sorry boss my heads been turned … boss says ohh has it theres your P45 son bugger off

    what do players want

  • 36 AusMagpie // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:39 AM


    Seriously though, if we lose something has to be done. I can’t take another Pardew excuse.

  • 37 geordiemark // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:41 AM


    stick some cheese in your lugs when pardews on tv mate it stunts his voice to zero it helps 🙂

  • 38 musomag // Aug 23, 2013 at 9:46 AM

    Cabaye staying will be just like having a new signing, I wonder if we’ll really get him over the line though? Complete joke. Big clubs are well aware our management team are dim so they can easily play them for idiots, unsettle the players they want and then sign them on the cheap. Basically sounds like our own transfer policy but JK, AP and MA are too greedy and just haven’t got the wit to do deals for good players.

  • 39 He cannit see man // Aug 23, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Regardless of how late in the window it is, if the 20million asking price is offered to us by any club he will go…..

    If its true that PSG are no longer interested, I think there’s is a chance he will stay. I’d be surprised if Arsenal offer enough unless they get very desperate, and on the ‘stuck with a player who wants to leave’ argument…if he truly wants to get to a bigger club, he will have to play at his very best this season to prove he is worth the money Ashley wants to sanction his move, and of course get into the world cup squad.

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