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Last Minute £15M Bid Coming In For Yohan Cabaye

9:49 am, Sunday, September 1st, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 53 Comments

It’s the last Sunday of this summer’s transfer window, and we have been hearing that Yohan Cabaye will end up at Arsenal (or PSG) before Monday night, so it was always a very good bet that some Sunday newspaper today would be announcing there will be a new bid  coming in for Yohan Cabaye, and sure enough it’s the Daily Star who are reporting that, and say the bid is for £15M, and from Arsenal.

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Yohan Cabaye – new £15M bid from Arsenal

We don’t know if this “exclusive” story is true, but if the bid is  only for £15M Newcastle should turn it down – immediately.

Arsenal seem to be lining up a few players they will go after before the transfer window closes at 11:00 pm  tomorrow night, and in addition to Cabaye, they are also said to be interested in Schalke’s Julian Draxler and Real Madrid’s Mesut Ozil.

And if reports in France are true then Arsenal have lodged a bid of £8.5m bid for St Etienne’s young central midfielder Josuha Guilavogui, and that could be better value than having to pay out £20M foir Yohan Cabaye.

And there is also news that Arsenal may fancy Galatasaray’s 29 year-old Wesley Sneijder, who was interesting Manchester United last summer, and he is said to be available for only £6M from the Turkish club – but that’s because he’s not as good as he was a couple of years ago.

Alan Pardew was complaining after the game yesterday that Newcastle  could be exposed, if a late bid comes in for Cabaye,  because we wouldn’t have time to replace him.

There’s a simple solution to this – and that’s to refuse any  bid that doesn’t give us the time to get a suitable replacement in – but we think Mike Ashley doesn’t  think that way.

Mike thinks in financial terms – not football terms – and if the bid is big enough and daft enough, like it was for Andy Carroll – he’ll take it – thank you very much.

And Alan is not the decision maker on financial things like this – which he found out when Andy was sold to Liverpool –  so he’s the one that gets to be exposed, and he was expressing some frustration at that after the game yesterday

We don’t blame him.

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53 responses so far ↓

  • 1 magicbus // Sep 1, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Pity there are no serious reports of us doing some business re Ince or Gomis

  • 2 Burni // Sep 1, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Burni // Sep 1, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Dc, you can’t deny his subs were perfect yesterday…. Perfect timing…. Perfect subs….. Maybe not anita for some people but cabaye played well….. Apart from the free kick he gave away…… Instantly lol

  • 3 Widowmaker // Sep 1, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Sell him if he wants to leave. 15M is not a price after all. Pardew should build the team around Benny like Spurs did with Bale. Benny may not be as quick but he is definitely more skilled and more two footed.

  • 4 Indian Magpie // Sep 1, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Last day of the transfer window should be a dry day, for Joe Kinnear’s sake

  • 5 numba9 // Sep 1, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Wes sneider for 6 mil ? We should be all over that one and sell cabs for 15

  • 6 Indian Magpie // Sep 1, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Sell cabaye get Gareth barry on Loan

  • 7 scout // Sep 1, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    Barry on loan lol, he’s rubbish.
    Get rid of cabaye and get modric on a 3 year deal, use the money to pa his wages.

  • 8 geordie157 // Sep 1, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    I’d take 15mill for Cabaye. But we’d need to bring in someone like James McCarthy or Will Hughes. Or at worst someone like Barry on loan.

  • 9 numba9 // Sep 1, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Barry no thank you

  • 10 NUFC FOR SALE // Sep 1, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    The Cabaye situation just highlights exactly where we are as a club these days.
    We can’t expect to keep any player that proves himself to be top quality because we as a club are not competing with the top clubs in the country.
    If we were ran like spurs and had the ambition to be a top team players like cabaye wouldn’t want to leave.
    15 million is about as much as you can hope to get for him. .. his form was dire last season because his head had already been turned and his value will only continue to plummet.
    Guaranteed we will accept that bid if true.

  • 11 geordie157 // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    or Cabaye out, Thauvin and Ince in would do nicely.

  • 12 JAMSHA // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:01 AM


    modrich??? we,arnt rich to afford him

  • 13 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    It was a win. Massive positive. The overall performance wasn’t great, but there was improvement again. In the league, each game we have improved in our play. That is a huge positive.

    Ben Arfa was frustrating for most of the game, trying to do too much too many times. However, the last 15 minutes were superb from him, and if he could play like that consistently throughout a match and the season he could be a great player. The difference in the last 15 minutes was he actually got his head up. He put 2 great crosses in, and put them in early. He rarely does that as he wants to do too much and runs into blind alleys. No surprise to me that when he put the ball in early we had great chances on both occasions – Cisse hitting the bar, and Goofy just failing to connect. Couple that with the goal and his last 15 minutes were superb. How do we get him doing that more often though.

    Anita, outstanding. Exactly the sort of performance I’d expect from a player like him. I think the biggest improvement on any of our other central midfielders is his intelligence. Several times yesterday when Colo/Santon or Debuchy pushed on, he sat back and covered their position. With our offensive full backs that quality is vital in at least one starting midfielder.

    The defence looked solid, although Fulham didn’t offer much. Bent is awful, a bullet dodged. Berbatov looked like a man annoyed that he had been dropped deeper to accommodate a has been.

    Finally, Remy getting on the pitch. Good movement from him, and hopefully just a taster of what he will offer us.

    If we keep Cabaye, i’d like to see Sissoko Anita and Cabaye start with Remy and Ben Arfa just off Cisse/a new striker.

  • 14 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    QPR had a £7.5 mil bid accepted for sneider but even they couldn’t afford his wage demands!

  • 15 Jail for Ashley // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Low full meg,
    By the looks of the crowd it seems that another several thousand missed out, I think we’ll be seeing half price season tickets sooner than you think.

  • 16 NUFC FOR SALE // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    Players like Sneijder and Modric would not leave their current clubs for here and we wouldn’t pay their wages.

  • 17 scout // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Snjieder 6 million because he’s not as good as he was??? A bloody blindfolded Wesley would link up play with the strikers better than anyone we have. Oh no, he’s 29 !!! No sell on value,big mike is no doubt OUT

  • 18 Beattie25 // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    A year ago the morra I left the blog after the club failed to progress, show ambition and sign the players needed.

    I declared we would be in a relegation battle, that we would be left behind and that any opportunity of cementing continuous top 6 status had gone.

    I was laughed at, ridiculed, called dramatic and many said good riddance.

    Sadly my passion, love and hope this club keeps me coming back for more punishment.

    After a Summer with 0 permanent first team signings (the only club in England) I would like to know how you lot are preparing for tomorrow?

    Do you expect a signing? Do you think we will get no one? what will you do if once again we fail to do what needs to be done?

    I was hoping that this window would be the change this club needed. Either Ashley would invest or the fans would wake up and take the club back.

    Sadly I see neither. Ashley is too tight and the fans too complacent.

    We shall see but sadly history shows we hardly ever do deals on deadline day unless its outgoings.

  • 19 scout // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Modric wouldn’t cost that much mate

  • 20 numba9 // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Gotta be lookin for established quality to sign not keep drafting in UNtried Frenchmen need a mix of age nationality etc and you do need blue chip players sprinkled in like Benny krul etc… That costs a few bob but the answer remains to be a question

  • 21 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    NUFC For Sale,
    If we were run like Spurs players wouldn’t want to leave? Err, you realise they have lost top players almost every year for the last 5/6 years, and are looking likely to lose Bale this year…… The only difference is they re invest very well – but you can guarantee if they fail to live up to expectations this year, the stand out player will probably want out again when the big clubs come calling.

  • 22 valle // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    It makes you wonder why we, as the only EPL club cant afford any players?. Are our income that much lower than the likes of Norwich, Swansea, Soton and West Ham?. It really baffles me that AP can come out and say we cant afford to buy Cabs replacement before we have sold.

  • 23 cestriasteve // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    See Lilongwe knows his stuff !! sleepless nights over!!

    If cabaye goes who will replace him?

  • 24 Laurent Robert 32 // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    Macas, I agree that Ben Arfa could have passed the ball more at times, that’s not what I’m saying.

    He puts it on his own shoulders to try and win the game, and yes the movement around him is pathetic. All game it could be seen, as my dad and I were pointing out to each other.

    Debuchy and Santon overlap but centrally there’s limited 1-2?s and a lack of bodies willing to get into the box. That is evident in our disgraceful goals for total, never mind team based goals. Players should know exactly which run is going to happen and why.

    Pardew relies on that wondergoal again, rather than having a basis of team goals.

    Even Sholas goal the other night was a deflection, and Sammy’s was because all their team were at the other end of the pitch in the final minute trying to equalise, so wasn’t actually hard To achieve, although was a good pass and dribble. Up to then it was more cluelessness.

    The basis of calculated team movement and passing in attacking areas is poor and isn’t improving. Remy helped with his novelty factor of coming on, but that will soon be coached out of him as it has with the January signings.

  • 25 Noah Another Ameobi // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    _____________________ Krul____________________
    ___________Sissoko____________Anita__________ _________________Marveaux/HBA______________

  • 26 miggy // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Dont know why people on this blog seem to think we going to do some buisness befor the transfer window shuts,we not ashley got no intention hes a useless prick with no ambition end of.

  • 27 scout // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Cancel that he will be about 20 million, I’d move back up north if he signed, he’s a magician

  • 28 cestriasteve // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Beattie your probably right, I wonder if we had shown Ashley a bit of love he would have treated us any differently? I think he wants to wash his hands of Football in England, he hates us and we hate him!!

  • 29 scout // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    That levy at spurs drives a hard bargain he turned down 40 million bid from Chelsea for modric last year.
    Maybe he does want 100 million for the overrated left back

  • 30 Thump // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Don’t you just love Sunday?

  • 31 blew // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    £15M – I would snap their hands off
    we will never get another bid that good
    for a man who is obviously disinterested
    in playing for the club. It must unsettle other players
    Cabaye being at the club, I was disappointed at him
    on the bench yesterday, then to take Anita off
    and bring the guy on – bad management.

  • 32 cestriasteve // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    I like the idea of TDS on Lewis Holtby on loan from Spuds.

  • 33 Bambams // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    This is exactly what Ashley wants. …. late bid so that we can once again say “it was too late to find a replacement but we know our targets for January”

    Amateurs !

  • 34 scout // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Didn’t someone attack his daughter or something? Unforgivable in my eyes, there are some right dic. Heads about. Particularly at the away games. Sometimes ashamed to wear the shirt away from home.

  • 35 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Haha, thanks. I doubt they are over, this is NUFC, if one thing isn’t the problem another soon will be. Personally, if Cabaye goes I’d use Bigi in the trio (if we don’t bring anyone in). Bigi needs game time to continue to improve, and has the basic ability to fit in well.

    As far as a ‘replacement’ goes, I’m not sure it is a replacement we should look for. McCarthy would be a great signing at the right price, but he doesn’t have Cabayes range. Hughes would be good, but if we signed him I’d prefer he stayed at Derby to continue his education. I think rather than replace Cabaye directly we should be looking at more creative and attacking options that can push Ben Arfa/Remy/Goofy/Marv. Maybe Ince, although around half of that price is purely for the name – 4million is much closer to his actual worth which is why he hasn’t left Blackpool yet.

  • 36 toonarmydownsouth // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    @GFN_France: Christophe Josse on @beinsport announces that Florian Thauvin’s move to Marseille is ‘basically done’. #LOSC #OM (@saaian)

    @GFN_France: Jean Michel Aulas’ comments last night almost definitely mean that Bafetimbi Gomis will be staying at Lyon. #OL #NUFC

    @NUFC_Stats: No team has played FEWER long balls per game on average in the Premier League so far this season than NUFC – 49 #nufc

  • 37 Lilongwe Geordie // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Holtby is a great player, and I’d imagine given the influx of players at the club will be regretting his move there. I said in Jan (and last summer) he was a player we should look at. Unfortunately Levy did instead.

    If we are still after a big strong defender I’d look at the young English lad at Sporting Lisbon, Eric Dier. Young, English, learnt football at the Sporting Club who have a good tradition with developing talent.

    I doubt we will get anything other than 1 potential centre forward, and that is a big if given our work so far in the window.

  • 38 Black and White with an army lol // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    where’s the 20 million every season MA was suppose to be spending????????????????

    looks to me Cabs is going, if so why haven’t we gone for a replacement now instead of waiting for Cabs to go??????

    it just shows that MA has entirely no interest in bringing players in and all the BS MA said last season that history wont repeat itself well he deserves to be punished and punished hard

  • 39 cestriasteve // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    Lilongwe, we are back to where the great midfield debate started and my obsession with formation…. its Siem de Jong again!!! Oo how I wish Ajax would sell and he wanted top come!!

  • 40 JaxtheMag // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    AP will find out on skysports news like the rest of us if cabaye is leaving,he has not got a clue.

  • 41 Black and White with an army lol // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:27 AM


    true mate, as much as dislike i AP i just can’t help feeling sorry for him, no manager no matter how poor they are shouldn’t be pushed out like this

  • 42 JaxtheMag // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    maybe Ashley has told arsenal they can have cabaye on Monday, so that we have no time to spend the money,it stands out a mile.

  • 43 scout // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Kinnear will get 2 players over the line….. I promise

  • 44 cestriasteve // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    JAX, I think your right, probably laughing his head off as his helicopter takes off.

    Scout… No chance, MA brought him in so somebody else has to pay him off when he gets bought out.

  • 45 lesh // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Spurs nay lose players and invest wisely – and more importantly, they invest in anticipation of a player’s departure. We all know that Bale’s on his bike and even though he’s not yet sold, Spurs have invested that fee and more on a number of quality players.

    What do we know when it’s odds on a player’s going to move? Nothing! And if that departure’s a last minute one, we’re a player down as we ‘didn’t have time’ to sign a replacement! Didn’t have time? Didn’t have time, didn’t make the time to buy in advance of the sale!

    It’s gonna Allen with Cabaye and ok, we may have Anita but the fact is that the squad will have been even further depleted.

    It was reported yesterday that Moyes wants another couple of midfielders ‘to give him more options in tactics’.

    So, Ashley’s parachuted Kinnear in as DoF and his brief surely must be to define and implement a strategy for football development? And what has he done so far? Bring in one loan signing and moved other players out. If that’s development, I’ll show my rs in Fenwicks window.
    It used to be Jacksons window, but Jacksons is long gone – as has any sense of positive development at Newcastle United. So near yet so far since the days of Keegan’s first stint and of course dear old Bobby Robson who’ll no doubt have turned in his grave, many times during Ashley’s tenure.

    What a state of affairs, shameful.

  • 46 HamarMagpie // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    Sell him instantly. I don’t want to see him in our stripes ever again. It seems clear now that he actually was on a strike. Initiated by his agent or him self, doesn’t really matter. He’s responsible for that, and refusing to play is insulting to say the least. Get rid asap!

  • 47 low fell mag // Sep 1, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    JFA. the support was down a little I do agree but Fulham only brought a transit van .
    But you are a sad man if you take any positives out of that .
    Your loss , because this is going to be an exciting side and a side to be proud of,
    There is nothing better ,once a fortnight 15,00 hrs on a Saturday walking into the Geordie Mecca and soaking in that atmosphere watching the black @ whites.
    Still get the goose bumps ,the hair standing up on the back of your neck when the Ref blows the whistle for the game to start .
    There is a book about supporting Newcastle, called Purely Belter, try reading it ,if you haven’t already.
    Because going to that hallowed ground ,is purely belter.
    It sure beats going to the Metro Centre with your lass at 3 pm on a Saturday.

  • 48 Sav // Sep 1, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    I hear there’s a hostile bid for Obertan.

  • 49 true toon // Sep 1, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    I would accept Arsenal bid of 15m plus Thomas Vermalen

  • 50 Jam only For H.ben Arfa // Sep 1, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    The departure of Joshua Guilavogui is accurate. Originally scheduled for tomorrow’s match against Bordeaux, Saint-Etienne field is no longer in the group of Christophe Galtier, according to information from RMC.

    The French international will quickly engage with Atletico Madrid, who recently issued an offer of 10 million euros for the player.

  • 51 moonraker // Sep 1, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Anita is crying out for an experienced coach to bring him on.
    He is not playing to his potential and looks scared stiff whenever he has possession and just looks for someone to offload it to, rather than taking a couple of touches and looking for movement up front.
    Admittedly he is not helped by the lack of movement but he should just hold the ball a little longer and look for options.
    This is where a top quality coach (SBR springs to mind) is so important and I fear Pards is not the man!

  • 52 moonraker // Sep 1, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    There’s no such thing as a “hostile” bid for Obertan ! 🙂

  • 53 moonraker // Sep 1, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    Low fell mag @47

    Absolutely spot-on mate

    Love the Toon! whatever happens they cant take that away from us !!

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