Alan Pardew seems really frustrated about the way Arsenal are going about their transfer business with Yohan Cabaye, and there’s still a huge uncertainty on Tyneside as to whether Yohan Cabaye will still be with us come Tuesday – but if Yohan is sold, we had better make sure we can bring in a replacement in this transfer window – or else we shouldn’t sell him at all.
Alan Pardew – frustrated about Cabaye situation
The 27-year-old Cabaye got both cheers and jeers when he was introduced after 65 minutes today in this afternoon’s great 1-0 win against Fulham, for his first (and maybe last) appearance in Newcastle colors this season.
Ben Arfa was the match-winner for Newcastle, and after the game manager Alan Pardew was asked if he thought Yohan Cabaye had played his last game for Newcastle United:
“I don’t know until 11:00 pm on Monday.” “We have told his agent, ’Look, come on, play the game’, because we have got to replace him if we sell him, and we can’t afford to replace him before he goes because we’re not sure he is going to go.”
“That bid needs to come in, if it’s coming in, early. If not, it won’t happen – well, I think it won’t happen, but you can never tell with this football club.” “We have got replacements in mind, but we need to act quickly if that bid comes in.”
“We still hope to get an offensive player in before 11:00 pm on Monday and we are working towards that.”
It’s simply a ridiculous state of affairs that Newcastle are in, and when clubs leave it to the last moment before they come in with their bids, like Liverpool did for Andy Carroll, it makes it almost impossible for Newcastle to bring in a replacement in the short time left in the transfer window.
But of course rather than being victims, Newcastle could take charge of the situation, by saying (for example) that they will not sell if the deal is not done by say tonight – and that would give us a little time to bring in a replacement.
But these long drawn out transfer sagas are getting to be a pain in the behind every summer.
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