The Times are reporting today that Arsenal are putting together a second bid for Yohan Cabaye, but if £20M is really the fee that owner Mike Ashley is asking for the 27 year-old Frenchman, it will fall short of that figure.
Yohan Cabaye – Arsenal may give up after second bid
The Times is reporting that an improved bid of £13.5M will be lodged within 24 hours, which is an improvement over the £11M they say Arsenal bid in their first attempt over a week ago.
But Cabaye is worth a lot more than that, and £13.5M is not the blockbuster bid that Alan Pardew and others have talked about.
Interestingly, the Times is reporting that if that offer is turned down, then Arsenal will move on to some other targets they have lined up.
And if the news was accurate yesterday that Joe Kinnear has told Arsenal the fee Newcastle want for Cabaye, you would expect Arsenal to meet that bid – but maybe not.
But Newcastle usually mean what they say in the transfer market, and if Cabaye is only going to be sold for an Andy Carroll like fee – in other words a stupidly high one – then £13.5M is nowhere near that figure.
Alan Pardew has been trying to keep the lid on things with Cabaye – and for good reason – in case Yohan is still a Newcastle player at the end of this transfer window, and then he would have to come back into the team and play for us.
We want Cabaye to stay – even though he’s acted like an idiot – well let’s say unprofessional – in refusing to play for us.
And we hope Newcastle can bring that new striker in this week, with the news yesterday that we had bid £7M for Marseilles striker/winger Andre Ayeu, who is a very good player.
But why are we not going back in for Bafe Gomis of Lyon?
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