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Report That Newcastle Close To £14M Deal For Cabaye

9:54 am, Saturday, August 31st, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 60 Comments

The Times are reporting this morning that Arsenal are close to agreeing a £14M deal for Newcastle’s Yohan Cabaye, but surely Newcastle wouldn’t agree to a deal like that, for one of their best players.

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Yohan Cabaye - agreed 14M deal with Arsenal?

The figure generally quoted as being the fee Newcastle want is £20M, but why we are now bidding for 20 year-old Lille midfielder Florian Thauvin, we have no idea.

Unless Newcastle are going to sell Yohan before Monday night, and the young Frenchmen is the replacement, although Florian seems to want to join  Marseilles rather than Newcastle, and that’s why he’s refused to train this week at Lille.

We cannot believe this report has any truth to it – we hope it has no truth to it – and if Yohan is in Newcastle’s squad today for the Fulham game then this report is probably false.

The Times also reported at the beginning of the week that Arsenal would put in a second and improved bid for Cabaye within 24 hours,  and that didn’t happen.

We know every player has his price at Newcastle, but that price has to be high (very high) for the club to sell one of our best players, and £14M simply isn’t enough.

What do you think?

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60 responses so far ↓

  • 1 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 31, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Bye bye Cabaye
    Yohan Cabaye
    I just don’t think fans understand
    That when we sell cabaye
    Yohan Cabaye
    We’ll have far superior financially balanced books and a slightly decreased debt on our hand

  • 2 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 31, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    We will know tonight. If Cabaye doesn’t make the bench, we know he’s off.

    Don’t worry. We will get his replacement soon too. by 2016 i suppose.

  • 3 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 31, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Indian Mag
    That article you posted had it spot on
    “What a shame that the owner and his anointed director of football have singularly failed to live up to the standards set by those who see the club’s crest as standing for something more than a meal ticket back into the game or a vehicle for their already successful sportswear business.

    What a shame that neither man appears to grasp the responsibilities they have in their privileged positions or understand that they are accountable to the thousands who will file through the gates this afternoon.”

  • 4 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 31, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    14million for Cabaye is entirely possible if Arsenal is paying up to 12million or the full amount upfront.

  • 5 JackButler // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    tads

    Ashley doesn’t care about football as it’s simply a by-product of a business venture, if anything he’s over the moon at the way that his team/club, Spurs have strengthened this window

  • 6 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    So the media are putting two and two together? We are bidding £10M for Thauvin and Cabaye most be leaving?

    …where is the £14M coming from?

  • 7 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    the depth in tottenhams squad is how a PL team should look like…

    we are pathetic. We are playing pathetic, we have 0 depth of the first team, any of the first players get injured we are in horrendous trouble.

    I have had enough of Ashley and his penny pinching rubbish…. I really have nothing will ever change we have signed 0 players lets be honest.

    The day they leave our club the trio of terror I will be back in for NUFC

    make no mistake Cabaye wont be replaced

  • 8 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    …everything is just wild guesses at this point!

  • 9 numba9 // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Replacement by 2016 spot on with this joke took us a year to replace Carol and looks like we ain’t replacing ba in a hurry cya cabs I can understand u wanting out

  • 10 FatmanJoe // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    I can’t see this being true. Firstly, it’s a newspaper report without sources which usually indicates a falsehood but secondly – why would Arsenal want him? Seriously, apart from the pressure from the fans to spend money where does he fit into their team?

  • 11 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:07 AM

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    The 11th minute.
    A tribute from both sets of fans.
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  • 12 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Cabaye will sign for arsenal at !0.00pm Monday night so we cannot get anyone in to replace him.

    Anyway looking on the bright side – with no European football, not scoring any goals being boring to watch we will get plenty of 3.00pm Saturday kick-offs.

    Going for another 0-0 that’ll be over 500 mins since we scored a home goal Whooppeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  • 13 JaxtheMag // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Ashley is stripping the club bare, we are heading for the championship.i think hemite sell up.

  • 14 Indian Magpie // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    NUFC a big club dismantled into a small club.

  • 15 Indian Magpie // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Get French Football ?@GFN_France 23s
    Bafetimbi Gomis is in Marseille today. #OL #OM? #NUFC

  • 16 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Charlie
    Was are last home goal this game last season
    (Not saying that’s an omen just saying it in disbelief)

  • 17 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    I am jealous of Tottenham’s midfield. I think they still need a couple of strikers. Spurs and Chelsea have the best midfield in the prem. We still need 6 new players to compete. We should’ve at least made a bid for Eriksen. I can’t even be bothered to watch our games now. At least he’s playing Good ahead of Willo, but we still need Alderweireld.

    Gomis and Ba should be signed in addition to 2 attacking midfielders and a centre back.

  • 18 DG MAGPIE // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    I don’t even want to think about the players we have missed out on because squabbles over a couple hundred thousand or 1mil.
    If we take a 6mil cut for Yohan I will annoyed & disappointed…. Yet again.

  • 19 Fostino // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    disgraceful transfer market

    trying to stay positive is hard but theres certain things this team needs to do…..provide more service to cisse, and more flair in the attacking third

    in order to do this i would push santon in a winger role and ket hairira & dummett fight it out for l.b.
    yanga is the best cb to play with colo
    soussoka needs to be instilled as dm, who can push on to am if we need him (like yaya for city) tiote deserves the bench
    with ben afra on wing, that leave two cm spots up for grabs…personally i would have cabaye and marv but if marv isnt willing to put it in, than anita
    i would let remy fight it out with cisse for st spot and i wouldnt be afraid to drop cisse

    so lets have a look

    krul

    debuchy yanga colo dummett

    ben afra marv sissoka cabaye santon

    cisse or remy

  • 20 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    £14million for Cabaye, if this is true, is about right in terms of his market value. The club had massively overestimated the interest in him when they tried to spark a bidding war. I still don’t see where he fits into the Arsenal side, they need a striker, solid defender, or a big powerful defensive midfielder.

    As for Cabaye, I expect he feels like he has been let down by Blanc. After a summer of blowing smoke up his ass, when it comes to the crunch Blanc doesn’t come in.

  • 21 Spotlight Kid // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Last season I estimated Cabaye to be worth around £15m, and other posters here concurred. Ashley consistent over-estimating of stock value has led fans to similarly over-indulge. After last season’s indifferent showings I think £14m is a sensible offer, and it is the only way this transfer window is going to clunk into action for the club as MA ain’t gonna spend a dime unless it comes from sales.

    Also it’s fair to say Wenger knows a good deal more than our glorious leader about player values, and I suspect this offer is at least a couple of million above what he would like to pay – but Arsene is enough of a pragmatist to realise there is a high level of opp-cost to shopping at Sports Direct, even from the 80% bargain rail!

    Get it over with and bring in a proven striker ffs!

  • 22 banjax // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    In an earlier post I said £15m was nearer the mark for Cabaye and with add Ons could be somewhere near £20m. We bought him for £5.5m and I think that is a good price for a player who does’nt want to be at the Toon. Let’s move on with Cabaye, we are coming across as desperate when NO player should be bigger that NUFC. Let us concentrate on today’s match instead and on how skinflint Ashley has cost us valuable points (8 if we lose today) by not bringing in signings earlier. It could be One Point out Nine by the end of today and that, following on from near relegation at the end of last season, is just not acceptable to our fantastic supporters. Pardews number should be up if we lose today along with Ashley and his motley crew !

  • 23 damma99 // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    2-1 to Fulham. Bent to score winner.
    Time for mass protests Scare the twats out of here.

  • 24 Fostino // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    recent additions have mainly been average foreign players who dont really care about the club….assembled from the bargain basement. sports direct type of signings

    they have a lot to prove, i hope these frenchies prove themselves this season

    pardew needs to get a grip and stand up for himself…be a manager

  • 25 Indian Magpie // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Guys

    Worry not

    I have looked at Lawro’s Crystal ball he has us down for a 2-1 win.

  • 26 gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola) // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    If we beat Fulham Pardew will NEVER leave….. and it would be a complete lucky shot.

  • 27 Spotlight Kid // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    DG Magpie @ 18

    There is no pay cut, DG. Cabaye was never worth £20m, just as the ten packs of instant self-destruct ‘name-brand’ sports socks sold for a £3 at Sports Direct were never worth £15 (despite what the 80% off sticker might tell you).

    Only Daglish was daft enough to pay full whack at SD!

    PS: Don’t let Ashley’s psychosis mess with your mind….

  • 28 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    I’d accept £14m. We could’ve signed Eriksen for £11.5m. Our squad is a complete joke. Too many french players. Spurs have a multi-national squad.

  • 29 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Spotlight,
    Yeah, in the blog I did for True Faith last week I said that his probable value was around 12-15million. Worth more to us due to his value to the team, his influence with our french contingent, and the win stats with and without him.

    I’d say 14million is a good price. Replace him with McCarthy and Ince/Hughes and I’d be happy with our business. (Just in that particular area, obviously we need at least another striker)

    http://www.true-faith.co.uk/?p=1378

  • 30 bobby mango // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    £14m is his market value. Ashley will sell for that.
    Carroll was a one off, like the 5th place finish. Aside from Carroll we’ve sold players like Given, Enrique, Milner, Nolan, Barton etc etc all for market value or less.

  • 31 themole // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    http://www.footballstreaming.info/streams/todays-links/

    Links for todays game Lads !!!

    Support the team !!

  • 32 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Maybe £14M is his marked value, but he is worth more to us and we set the price. Cannot see Mike selling him for £14M!

  • 33 toon kk // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    If Cabaye goes to Arsenal he’ll spend alot of time warming the bench, he’s to slow for there squad.
    MA wants money in, simple

  • 34 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    toonarmydownsouth
    Yeah correct – Cisse scored in the 90th minute

  • 35 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Charlie
    Man that’s depressing!
    Even more depressing is the fact that shola is our “in form” striker

  • 36 jeff // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    dont really care if cabaye leaves. always thought he was terribly overrated. i could deliver better corners than him. in fact i’d rate cleverly as a better player than cabaye.

  • 37 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    A club like Newcastle should also remeber selling one of their star players to a rival club is bad business regardless of the price.

    …so the price will go up if they have a brain. He is not leaving for any less than £20M because wee don’t have to sell.

  • 38 Ibizatoon // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    - Ashley, presumably, felt this was yet another storm of controversy to be weathered. He will be bolstered by the dispatch that despite all of the criticism, the cursing and the cussing the launch of the new strip – adorned with the name of pay-day lending firm Wonga – has been the most successful for three years. –

    That was taken from a link posted on here today.

    Is that right? The most successful shirt launch in 3 years? How does that work? Off the back of last season, this summer and Wonga on it?

  • 39 Indian Magpie // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    This is the reason MA bought cabaye, to Sell him at profit, he does want his wages on books any more.

    I wish, it was because he felt NUFC needed an upgrade as he is slow.

  • 40 Cool Hand Luke // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    To be honest i just want him out the door at this stage, the two defense splitting passes a year he makes aren’t enough payoff for this crap

  • 41 Bearsize // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Ashley is a virus, a tight virus! No more players coming in, if they do it will be a loan deal for a player we dont need like a 4th choice keeper.
    Cant score = relegation
    Cant defend = relegation
    Cant pass = relegation
    Bad manager = relegation
    Cant win headers = relegation
    Cant cross = relegation
    Injury jinx = relegation
    No buzz = relegation
    No movement = relegation
    Shola = relegation

    We are pretty much pissing into the wind here. The players are just as sick as we are and i am sure they would welcome pressure off the fans to the board on matchdays. They probably cant believe we have been sitting on our hands all this time. But its coming, i can smell it! We deserve better than this, and thats an understatement

  • 42 joeinthecheapseats // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    If GFN are right we will miss out on Gomis then back to the drawing board once again Ashley takes the pee
    Can’t see JFK getting anyone in perhaps that was Ashley’s master plan knock back Douglas Bent Downing and save his money greedy git
    Really wish we had a decent owner at the helm can see a backlash very soon

  • 43 Small World // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    I reckon that Cabaye will be sold and not replaced. Some at the club no doubt will believe that we bought his replacement last year in the form of Anita and that unfortunately we didn’t manage to shift him then when his stock was at the highest.

    Cabaye and Anita are most likely best suited to play different positions, though we’ve been using them in a similar role.

    Expect a mad panic to by a forward Monday afternoon. A forward, and I mean any forward.

  • 44 Lilongwe Geordie // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    ToonKK
    That is what I think. Is he better in the whole than Cazorla? Would they leave Wilshere out? As a DM instead of Ramsey or Diaby? I haven’t even mentioned Rosicky, Arteta, Frimpong. So Cabaye would give 8 into 3 positions…. He is good, but not that good.

  • 45 DevonToon // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Kets.. alderwireld is of top A Madrid, but im in agreement with u on the jealously of spurs! I know real is real, but if I was bale id seriously consider staying at spurs, with him they could challenge for the prem!
    Gk lloris
    Rb walker
    Cb kaboul – vertonghen
    Lb (coentrao)
    Dm paulinho – capoue
    Cam eriksen
    Rf lamela
    St soldado
    Lf bale
    Potential subs friedel, rose, dawson, sandro, lennon, chadli, dembele, defoe, adebayor, siggurdson etc etc im missing out loads :-( sooo jelous

  • 46 JaxtheMag // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    we have not missed out on any transfer targets, coz we are not in for any1, we will sell cabaye on Monday to late 4us to get a replacement,then we will be linked with every1 till January.

  • 47 Spotlight Kid // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    LG@29

    Yesterday on here I diagnosed a conditions called AshelyPurseString Syndrome, and although it was a light hearted jibe there is no doubt our owner’s inability to distinguish between price and value, or a job lot of track suits and an international footballer has held back every transfer window.

    I suspect most fans know what the real value of players are, but (like Ed) do tend to get caught up in Ashley’s obsessive over-valuation of our players, and simultaneous undervaluation of transfer targets. It doesn’t make Uncle Joe’s job any easier either.

  • 48 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    Definitely. Their midfield is supreme. Jan Vertongehen is probably the best defender on the planet.

    We still have some trounce to clear out, i.e:

    Gosling
    Shola
    Tavernier
    Williamson
    Obertan
    Amalfitano

    We seem to keep too many poor players on our books. We’ll have to release Willo as nobody will come in for him.

  • 49 geordiemark // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    wonder if ashley will be attending the game today :)

  • 50 Ibizatoon // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Jesper…I do wonder whether Mike has maybe realised he got a little lucky with the AC sale. It was widely reported, although could still be absolute rubbish, that Chelsea had bid for Tiote after this first season with (although might have been after our 5th placed finish) which we apparently rejected. I’d be surprised if there has been any similar interest since.

    Will this change Ashleys approach when selling? Will he still hold out for silly silly money, or will he accept a decent profit after waiting a bit to see if he can drive the price up?

    Anyway, probably all rubbish, as if Arsenal are going to pay £14m for a player :)

  • 51 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    Ibiza…morning mate :)

    …I just look at the value of other players being branded around and I think to myself – Cabaye is our star player, future captain of France and us if he stays :)

    Where do you find a player like that (disregarding any player with only 1 year left og his contract) in the world?

  • 52 Ian Toon // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Lilongwe Geordie- Sorry to learn that you have been suffering from a malarial fever. In all honesty you haven’t missed much at this end,
    we are all waiting and waiting for signings to lift the mood that has prevailed for too long. Just some form of communication that can be believed of Ashley’s plans for the club going forward would be welcomed.

    The number of UK travellers who get malaria is vastly on the increase. As a Malawi resident you will be aware of the different species/parasites that can infect you have taken pre treatment and will doubtless know of need to continue medication for long after your feeling a good deal better to ensure your system /liver is clear of infection.

    On toon football, I hope to see Cabaye make a meaningful contribution to the side this coming season -it’s a big season for all our French players. If he doesn’t play today it can only be because he’s on his way out. To be replaced by ?! I would personally look to Cabaye and Anita to both play the latter in place of Marveaux.
    Anyway for me we need to step up to the plate and I go for
    Toon 2 Fulham 0.

  • 53 JaxtheMag // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    a proper club would of replaced cabaye in july,then ther is no panic. but we are run by a bunch of clowns.

  • 54 Ibizatoon // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Jesper…Good morning to you.

    I get that thinking, it has been my thinking for a while. However, if you’ve previously seen one of your assets value fall, which I presume it has with Tiote, will Ashley risk the same again if his end game is really purely about profit?!?

    No real evidence to show this yet, with regards to selling players anyway.

  • 55 Ibizatoon // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Oh and in case you hadn’t noticed…we have a new thread…

  • 56 Barton // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    14 mill,well is that a world class fee for a world class player Alan ? is it hell,bloody clueless

  • 57 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Ibiza…I don’t know but if one good season could see both Tiote and Cabaye’s value sky rocket then why not?

    …it seems getting relegated doesn’t have to have that big an impact on your value . just look at McCartney who is valued at £15M :D

  • 58 Ibizatoon // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Jesper…I think McCartney is valued at a little more than £15m like, now McCarthy on the other hand ;)

    I get your point and I’m in no way saying that I think he will sell for £14m, just interested to see how this one works out, are there any signs of a change of approach…i.e…i don’t care about maximising profit, I just want my money back…signs of desperation etc. I doubt it tbh.

    Still amazed that this seasons shirt launch was the most successful in 3 seasons…wtf?!?

  • 59 Sav // Aug 31, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    Trouble is, as Mashley is finding out, play Cabaye in a poor side like last year, and he doesn’t look a 20 mil player at all. Play him in a winning side and he’ll look a world beater. But with Mashley’s lack of ambition, that ain’t gonna happen here.

  • 60 GeordieJayne // Aug 31, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Bearsize // Aug 31, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Ashley is a virus, a tight virus! No more players coming in, if they do it will be a loan deal for a player we dont need like a 4th choice keeper.
    Cant score = relegation
    Cant defend = relegation
    Cant pass = relegation
    Bad manager = relegation
    Cant win headers = relegation
    Cant cross = relegation
    Injury jinx = relegation
    No buzz = relegation
    No movement = relegation
    Shola = relegation

    We are pretty much pissing into the wind here. The players are just as sick as we are and i am sure they would welcome pressure off the fans to the board on matchdays. They probably cant believe we have been sitting on our hands all this time. But its coming, i can smell it! We deserve better than this, and thats an understatement

    I totally agree with you, its time to bite back




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