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Arsenal Set To Challenge PSG – Will Bid £20M For Yohan Cabaye

1:57 am, Sunday, August 25th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

There was a report yesterday that French money-bags PSG were readying a new bid of €20M (£18.5M) for Yohan Cabaye, and there’s a report this Sunday, that Arsenal are readying a £20M bid for Yohan Cabaye – as it seems we will be having an auction this week for the player.

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Arsene Wenger – wants Cabaye at Arsenal

But if Newcastle do not have the time to replace the player in this transfer window,  that’s also grounds to turn down any bid, because we’ll be shooting ourselves in the foot – again.

It seems that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is determined to get Cabaye to Arsenal – and the first club (between PSG and Arsenal)  to bid £20M for him will win this race.

The news of Arsenal’s ­interest has unsettled the 27-year-old Cabaye, and the French International has since refused to play for Newcastle, as he tries to force the move through.

This will not go over well with Newcastle fans,  that our vice-captain has taken such selfish actions that have damaged the team.

Arsenal are in the Champions League, and have been ever since Wenger took over the London club in 1996, and the fact that top players want to leave Newcastle is hardly surprising,  since the Tyneside club has shown a total lack of ambition in the transfer window this summer – and we’ve looked inept.

It seems Newcastle are only after good deals in the transfer market, and will not even pay a little bit over the odds to get their top targets, and that has led to a number of our targets going elsewhere over these last two summer transfer windows.

We’ll see what happens this week, but Newcastle must show some guts and fortitude and fine Yohan Cabaye for the childish actions he has taken in the first two games of the season, by refusing to play for the club.

And if Yohan goes, we are now worried that Newcastle will not have the time nor the skills, nor the determination – to get in a suitable replacement over the last eight days of the transfer window.

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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 EastEndMagpie // Aug 25, 2013 at 2:05 AM

    Shocked as to how quickly Ii’ve been able to lose so much respect for a guy who I genuinely thought was a decent man, aswell as a player. What a spineless little coward Cabaye is.

  • 2 brian kilclines pony tail // Aug 25, 2013 at 2:10 AM

    he’s a footballer, if you think anything else its crazy.

    im not saying his behaviour is right but we have signed a few players where they made the same stance to force through a move.

    we cant complain in the grand scheme of things.

  • 3 dembademba // Aug 25, 2013 at 2:17 AM

    Looks like we’ve got a riot on our hands!

    He needs replacing but he did nothing but score a couple of free kicks last year.

  • 4 lesh // Aug 25, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Ed if Newcastle do not have the time to replace the player in this transfer window, that’s also grounds to turn down any bid, because we’ll be shooting ourselves in the foot – again.

    Shoot ourselves in the foot again. Again? Again?

    How many feet has Ashley got? He can’t have many left, surely!

    When oh when will he learn? He’ll never learn.

  • 5 Bambams // Aug 25, 2013 at 2:41 AM

    Where is it recorded that Cabaye has definately ‘refused’ to play ?

    The way Ashley is with transfers i would not put it past him to stop Cabs playing so to protect his nice little earner.

    Does not seem to be Cabs style, might be wrong though

  • 6 Korean Magpie // Aug 25, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    We should aign someone before Cabaye leaves because if he does leave other clubs will ask for more money because we need to buy a repkacement for Cabs quickly

  • 7 melbourne geordie // Aug 25, 2013 at 3:41 AM

    In the paper today – Crystal Palace on standby for Pardew. He’s just awaiting the sack and has this parachute. Poor Ian Holloway.

    Apparently Pardew is a ‘legend’ at Palace from his playing days. Suits me, as he’s a tedious myth at Newcastle….

  • 8 arctoa // Aug 25, 2013 at 6:13 AM

    If that paper talk is in any way true true I’d drive Pardew down there myself… then give Olly a lift up north.

  • 9 sphinxhunter // Aug 25, 2013 at 6:19 AM

    Agree with you Mr Tail. Also agree with you Melbourne. Lesh, I’m hoping for a repeat of the last window, when MA bought in 5 players in quick succession (already had the deals done and dusted and the motivation to get them over the line). Sure JFK has enough pride in his own professional standing to be a success as a Recruiter !?!

  • 10 lesh // Aug 25, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Korean Magpie….. You talk sense and that foes not compute with Ashley and Kinnear!

    Sphinxhunter, five in would be something but then of course, Llambias must have laid the foundations for those deals and oh, Ashley had the prospect of rekegation to face.

    Now, you’re hoping for another few signings hut with Kinnear having the job of getting them it’s almost totally out of the question.

  • 11 Owldman // Aug 25, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    So many theories so much crap! first Cabaye wasn’t playing because his head has been turned so what, he gets a big wadge of money to play for Toon so he should have been out there on the pitch earning his pay not sitting in the stand sucking his thumb in a sulk, as was mentioned on the phone in last night, other players are looking for moves but not taking the attitude that Cabaye is.

  • 12 Charlietoon // Aug 25, 2013 at 8:24 AM

    I dont think we will replace cabaye as Anita might be put in that postition but I would hope if we do get 20 mill we’ll spend it on a decent winger and a striker

  • 13 Toon! Toon! // Aug 25, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    @Lesh
    If a cat has nine lives, then MA must have 36 feet
    ????

  • 14 boreddrummer // Aug 25, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Can’t really blame him, it’ll be ben arfa next, things are a mess at newcastle and if you were a half decent player who could go somewhere better why would you want to stay. We know when we’re bringing in these french players that they will have no loyalty towards us, so it can hardly comes as surprising when they want to move up in the world ASAP.

    I’m starting to become a little disillusioned with it all, I stuck up for Pardew through last season, but to have the entire summer to drop people, bring in people, change tactics, get morale up, get fitness up – do whatever it is we needed to do to come back strong, and we come back like we have, that has to reflect on the manager, and it isn’t good enough.

    And it’s not the drubbing from man city, I don’t mind losing 4-0, but losing 4-0 when being that poor is what hurts – swansea looked fairly decent losing 4-1 to united opening day, we looked like we were in the wrong league, and yes we obviously followed that up with not having a single shot on target at our season home debut against a team we should be beating. A little painful to be a newcastle fan at the moment, and it’s hard to stay positive because there’s seemingly no reward for that, all the “maybe we’ll bring him in”, “maybe we’ll come back stronger” etc. appears to be nothing more than us deluding ourselves.

    I know it’s such early doors to be moaning like a knob but it’s frustrating, we genuinely have a decent squad, we need 3 decent players bringing in and a stick shoving up our backside – let’s get it done and move forward already.

  • 15 Premiership Manager // Aug 25, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Cabaye has to go even if it’s for £15M as the precedent has been set and further dissent in the dressing room will cause further issues on the pitch.

    As well as Cabaye I think the whole managerial team have failed the fans and the club.

    JFK as DoF has failed on every front to get rid of the surplus and in-effective players and bring in new players.

    Pardew as a manager has failed to improve on last seasons results despite the input of new players during the last transfer window.

    Both JFK, Pardew and their back room staff need to be replaced with a capable manager and back room staff to take the club forward.

    Having watched Arsenal and the way the team moves forward as a unit we are a long way from competing with the top teams and even teams like Stoke leave us wanting.

    If Ashley sits back and waits the situation will only worsen. I hope his back up plan discussions in France included the replacement of JFK and Pardew if they didn’t sort it out because that’s what we need if we are to keep the dressing room and move forward.

    Pardew looked worn and out of sorts in his post match interview and my guess is he’s quickly loosing the respect of the players and it’s only a matter of time before he goes.

  • 16 toonbrother // Aug 25, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    i don’t blame cabaye for a second. the fans castigating him for “disloyalty” are the same fans who would mercilessly turn on him when he has a few bad games forgetting their “loyalty” to him for getting us to 5th place two seasons ago.

  • 17 toonbrother // Aug 25, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    interesting noone ever comes in for colocinni except san lorenzo who arent even prepared to pay £5million for him

  • 18 cbtoon82 // Aug 25, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    This is football guys, getting annoyed at cabaye for wanting a transfer is crazy. Put yourself in his shoes, this club is going nowhere under this regime, unless BIG changes are made, or Ashley sells the club. A player of his quality should be playing for a team with ambition, that’s is managed properly, from top to bottom.
    If massive changes aren’t made I fear that cabaye going will just open the door for every other player of quality we have.
    I love this club. I’ve supported this club for 20 odd years. And it angers and saddens me to see what a mess it has become.




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