£20M Bid And This Newcastle Player Is Gone in January


We saw the report in Sports Direct News yesterday that Arsenal would go after Yohan Cabaye in January, after the London club were unsuccessful in their attempts to sign him in the summer, but then that report was quickly deleted for some reason.

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Yohan Cabaye – could leave in January – if a club comes up with £20M

But the news has resurfaced today in the Express and in the Northern Echo, among other newspapers, that Arsenal will again try to sign Cabaye in January.

But we wonder if there’s any truth at all in this report, since Arsenal very rarely bid more than they value a player, and their valuation was £11M, and that doesn’t meet Mike Ashley’s valuation of  his  player, which is around £20M.

We did have a story last night that suggested Roma could be after Cabaye, and that seemed to have some credibility, because Cabaye’s former manager at Lille, Rudi Garcia is now manager at the Italian club, and Rudi knows all about Cabaye’s abilities, which have been on show in Newcastle’s last few games.

However, the new news is that Liverpool may come in for him in January, and we suppose if the Reds meet Ashley’s price, then the owner’s policy would be to sell him, even though he is reported to be his favorite player at Newcastle.

We really hope we don’t have to go through in January what we had to go through in the summer with Cabaye, but it seems that the bigger clubs will always be coming after out better players.

Newcastle will tow the party line again in January, and say they don’t want to sell one of their best players, but every single player has their price at Newcastle, and if Liverpool come in with a £20M bid, then Yohan will be gone.

It’s all (and only) about money at Newcastle these days.

Now if we were a big club with ambition, we would say Yohan is simply not available, because he’s a cornerstone of our team, and we are trying to build a side to challenge for the top six and eventually get in the Champions League.

But unfortunately we are no longer a club with that ambition, and Alan Pardew keeps reminding us we cannot compete and have no chance to be Premier League Champions, just in case we forget.

And the first club to some in with Mike Ashley’s valuation of any Newcastle player these days – then he’s out of the door.

There’s something very wrong with that policy somehow.

We assume our Director of Football Joe Kinnear is now scouting some central midfield players,  in case Yohan does leave in January, since we’ll need a replacement, and that’s Joe’s job at Newcastle – to bring new players into the club.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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83 comments so far

  • JackButler

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Cabaye is gone as soon as enough is offered, he wants to go and the club will accept any offer that’s deemed to be enough. Though I think if the Roma story is true that’s where he’ll end up rather than Arsenal.

    I have no issue with this policy as long as we reinvest that money and not go the way we did with the Carroll sale. We would be weakened with the sale of Cabaye and need to have a replacement lined up and in place before he’s allowed to leave

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #2

    They bought his replacement a couple of years ago, 15M which I think will prise him away will go in the fat mans coffers.

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  • nightfa11

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #3

    hed be stupid to leave for a bigger club in the middle of WC season..

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  • scout

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Getting cat milk mixed up with the regular gear is to good for Ashley

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Great result v Chelsea but let’s be honest if were a big and ambitious club would Pardew and JFK be here?

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  • Novocastrian66

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #6

    The fact that Cabaye is not skipper in Colocini’s absence says it all to me. He will be gone. I think it will take more than £20m though.

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  • scout

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Kinnear should get Hughes in from derby and maybe kranjcar as cover

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #8

    If coloccini is back against tottenham wouldn’t mind sticking him in and putting mbiwa to left back, as santon has been quite poor so far this year and it should give him a kick up the backside.

    There would be little point in Cabaye going to Liverpool, he’s better than Henderson and Lucas but he’s more a Gerrard replacement, however he’s not likely to win anything more than a league cup. Roma at least have a chance at the league and cup (though where he fits with De Rossi, Strootman, Bradley, Pjanic & Florenzi there remains to be seen).

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  • scout

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #9

    20 million players out, 5 million players in. In the words of earl that’s how we roll here. Like me shunning the wonga shirts that’s how I roll.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #10

    scout…Sounds like the start of a new car game….Kinnear should…

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  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #11

    JB

    We would have to find someone who can play those killer through balls and they come at a premium. Struggling to think of many off the top of my head. Would be surprised if
    Roma had 20M though.

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  • scout

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Haha why doesn’t he go and check out Shane ferguson at Birmingham he doesn’t look too shabby…..

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #13

    I’m as chuffed as anyone over Saturdays win but all this talk about the future boding well is very premature, if we carry on this form albeit inconsistent there will be no January signings and it is such a saving grace we have a WC at the end of next season as it gives our beleaguered French stars at least something to play for.

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  • magicmac

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #14

    If any club offers 15 million then ashely will accept that offer, and if any newcastle fan thinks the money will be reinvested, then dream on, ashely is only interested in making money, he simply has no interest in making newcastle into a top six club, its all a business venture and making more and more money with mike ashely iam sorry to say.

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  • scout

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #15

    JFA
    I agree 100% with what you reckon. It’s 3 points. We are very inconsistent can’t believe Pardew said we played well against Sunderland as well. Was he watching it and chopping onions simultaneously

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  • OhSholaAmeobi

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #16

    Next few games:
    Spuds (A)
    Norwich (H)
    West Brom (H)
    Swansea City (A)

    Optimistic: 10 points
    Pessimistic: 2 points
    Realist: 7-0 loss followed by 4-0 win followed by 3-4 loss while 3-0 up followed by 5-3 win…

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  • JackButler

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #17

    Rotonda

    We could push Anita into that role or even Marv? and look for a striker and CB? But it’s all hypothetical as we know that the likelihood of the money being reinvested is small to none.

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  • banjax

    Nov 5, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #18

    The chances of becoming a Top Five club are slim if all we do is sell our best players. Look at Liverpool they clung on to Suarez inspite of everything, including a £40m offer from guess who – Arsenal. Ashley does not deserve the support he gets from us because his ambition does come anywhere near the ambition of us supporters. We can only take so much bull..it !

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  • lesh

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #19

    With every top player we sell to a prem team Ashley’s giving that club a step forward and at the same time taking us one step back. Nett result: the gap between us and the buying club is even further increased!

    Madness and if Ashley had an eye for the club rather than the lure of the money, he’d make it clear, very clear that we go not sell to our competitors!

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #20

    Cabaye is playing great but eventually he will go he along with our better players deserve to be playing Champions League football but its not going to happen

    If we sell Cabaye for 20 million and bought 3 or 4 players to strengthen us overall that would work for me if we got a winger , a striker , a defender

    At the end of the day if we get a good bid and he wants to leave then we will sell him

    Can actually see us selling a lot of players soon and starting another cylce of buying the foreign imports on the cheap again works for other teams like Arsenal and Dortmund but we just dont do it the right way like they do

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #21

    G’day mates. I think I’m on the right article now. More than 20M for Cabaye Novo @6? Very doubtful mate. Arsenal valued him at 11M pounds. Liverpool will be very careful with us now as far as player sales. Possibly Roma will bite but not for more than 15M. That would be the very top of the offers as far as I can see.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Brilliant goal by Aguero I have to say. 🙁

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #23

    Scout,
    Although the football wasn’t great at times,that season we finished fifth was amazing, even my views on Ashley changed a lot, but all that seasons finale brought was disillusionment and a bitter in our mouths, it is incredible how people still can think there is even a pretence of a game plan to make us a top side again, we are continually told through Ashleys various mouth pieces that we cannot compete.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #24

    So much for my cunning plan to see both Mans beaten. 🙁 Sad performance at the back by CSKA.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Think cabs would be off his rocker to leave in jan with the World Cup coming up and we’d be mad to let him go, even from a Ashley viewpoint, player values always rocket after the WC

    He’d be mad to go to Arsenal and risk regular football and out his international place in jeopardy, Roma could well be a realistic destination but where would they get the funding from?
    Serie A is in a terrible state financially with even Juventus admitting if they had a bid in the region of €15 mil for pogba, one of there most promising players they would be powerless to say no

    IF cabaye does go it will be the first big test for JFK to see what he’s been doing to earn his keep, are seeming replacement in McCarthy has gone so he needs to be on the ball or, as highlighted recently, with out an on form cabaye the team just doesn’t look the same

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  • G

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Much as I like Cabaye the player, I lost a lot of respect for Cabaye the man when he thought a move to Arsenal was on the cards, and he refused to play. If he goes for 20M, then he goes with my blessing. I think we have 2 players capable of playing his role in Marv and Sissoko. Hopefully one or both of them will step up to the mark.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #27

    Santon
    We couldn’t get 3-4 players in mate because the squad is full, we’d need to move some fringe players out first, these are all issues that JFK should be addressing and hopefully is

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #28

    Yet Marveaux isn’t even on the bench lately G mate? What’s up there?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #29

    G
    Marveux has showed absolutely nothing to suggest he could fill Cabayes spot
    He’s as inconsistent as they come, drifts in and out of games, for every blinder he’s played there’s 3-4 he’s been anonymous

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #30

    Aguero, just a superb player.

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #31

    How much did Man U pay for Fellani again ? . Dear oh dear

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #32

    The Man City defense leaks one now.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #33

    Cabaye won’t go anywhere in january, can’t risk not breaking into a side and losing a world cup spot…providing France qualify, got a tough tie with Ukraine first up.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #34

    tads

    spot on with marv….has the talent but not the work ethic or consistency.

    For next season, providing we get a few in we need to move on the likes of obertan, marv, gosling, jonas…maybe even saylor.

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  • Tinman

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #35

    Go to Arsenal and be behind – Wilshere, Ramsay, Ozil, Cazrola, Arteta and Flamini in the pecking order.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #36

    We have to pray that France beat Ukraine without the WC to look forward to our Frenchies have got absolutely zilch to play for this season and we know what happens when that lot throw the towel in.

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  • G

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #37

    tads, I think you are both right and wrong regarding Marv. Lets be honest, the lad is still young, he has the skill, which we have seen, and yes, we have also seen the drifting in and out inconsistency you mention. What we have never seen is a regular starting place in one position, and a man who is confident that his injury is behind him. Also, who would you rather play, the inconsistent Marv of last year, or the exhausted and uninterested Tiote of last year? A new season can make or break a player, and we haven’t seen him play this year, so lets give him a chance eh?

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  • Tinman

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #38

    Carzorla….

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  • Tinman

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #39

    I would much rather see Marv in the team than Sammy Ameobi or Obertan, both who have no future in the Premier league.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 5, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #40

    G,
    Marv for me has gone missing in too many games where he has been given a chance and always seems to have an injury of some sort, how many games was hammerheed given before it became obvious he just isn’t up to scratch.

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