Newcastle Preparing For Cabaye’s Summer Departure?

It’s not surprising that Alan Pardew is being asked questions about the transfer window, and one of Alan’s responsibilities at the club is to be the interface to the fans, although Joe Kinnear does write a column  in the match program for home games, so we should hear something from Joe tomorrow, when we welcome Manchester City.

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Remy Cabella – no bid yet from Newcastle

But the news coming from Alan Pardew today is that the club have yet to submit any bid in this month’s transfer window, so that means we have not put in an offer for Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella – although their President Louis Nicollin was expecting a bid this week.

This is what Alan has said today to the local press:

“We’ve not bid for any player. I think there’s room to bring in a player, for sure, but it would need to be right financially for the board.”   “Our legs are working under the water in terms of making calls and trying to manoeuvre a transfer that would work for us.”

As we reported earlier this morning it’s unlikely Newcastle will get somebody in early in this window, and it looks like it will be sometime during the last week of the window, when we could have some success in signing a player.

And that player could be a central midfielder, with Newcastle being linked with German International Aaron Hunt, as well as Cabella, and it could be Newcastle want to get a replacement in for Yohan Cabaye before the summer rolls around.

And a good performance from Yohan in the World Cup this summer could see his transfer value soar, and clubs could even bid and meet owner Mike Ashley’s valuation of his favorite player – which we think is around £20M.

It’s just a pity that Newcastle don’t seem to want to keep their very best players, and build a side that can challenge for a top four position, like we used to do under Bobby Robson and Kevin Keegan.

Freddy Shepherd had a lot of faults as the Newcastle Chairman, but one of them was not a shortage of ambition for his home town club.

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22 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 11, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #1

    I don’t think the deals will be better for Newcastle by waiting until the last week of January?

  • jayphoto

    Jan 11, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #2

    The only way deals will get better by the end of january is if we’re negotiating for players out on contract in the summer! Ie ince and gomis! Though the problem with gomis is the agents and they ‘ll hit the jackpot if they wait till the summer

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jan 11, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Cabella is a completley different player to Cabaye, in no way would he be a replacement

  • lesh

    Jan 11, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    Ah Jesper, your spelling’s good today, well done!

    Ae far as transfers are concerned, Pardew says that wny deal would need to be right financially for the board.” “Our legs are working under the water.

    Just what have they been doing? Surely they’ve agreed parameters?

  • Ian Toon

    Jan 11, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Lee Marshall does a lot of good work in the community. He frequently has accompanied toon players on visits to children in care. Only last month he organised and accompanied toon players on a lengthy visit to the Great North Children’s Hospital.

    I have always found it hard to understand the thought process of those who send offensive messages. Twitter didn’t invent rude, offensive and stupid thoughts and comments. It does though frequently highlight and expose those lacking emotional intelligence and help me to appreciate how they think even though the discovery is not very edifying.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 11, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #6

    Lesh…I am trying to get a hang of it mate;)

  • geordiemark

    Jan 11, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #7

    I dont expect any players coming in at all really, what i fully expect is mike ashley to pocket 60 million and shove it in his back pocket like he has done with the rest of all transfers out of newcastle since he took over

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 11, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #8

    Ian Toon – ref Lee Marshall -it’s part of his job to organise and accompany players in their ventures into the community. As well as being the SLO he also is responsible for PR.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 11, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Ian Toon,
    Hitler built auto bahns

  • John Tudor

    Jan 11, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #10

    all bu11sh1t

  • jimiley

    Jan 11, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #11

    I expect NUFC to continue banning the local press and the owner to extract as much money as possible from the SKY money and transfer profits. A club which has totally lost its way and its soul.

  • geordiemark

    Jan 11, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #12

    all I see is that ashley will pocket this 60million take it off the debt we owe then next season do it again so he then has all his money back and then sell the club and we can finaly get rid of him well lets hope so anyways

  • shearer and the duchess

    Jan 11, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #13

    Gosh. This Mr Harrison has me totally confused. The other article he has just published was about Cabaye going nowhere and now this one is speculation he may leave.

    My head is spinning from last nights champers is I could do without these conflicting headlines.

    I don’t believe Mr Cabaye will go anywhere until his final season and they can get him cheap.
    There’s not a club in the world who would pay the price Newcastle United football club are asking.

    I would suggest he’s worth no more than £10m of anyone’s good money.

    Nothing to worry about there chaps. He’s a bloody good looking individual that’s for sure. He should our David Beckham.

    Brand Cabaye. I would wear his branded underwear anytime.

  • jimiley

    Jan 11, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #14


    Spot on. Ashley will rape the club for all the money he can and then sell the club for a big profit. His real target is Rangers who he will buy when they are back in the top flight. Ashers will then have minimal outlay for Champions League football and maximum exposure for his sportswear business. he will sell all our best players in the months prior to selling up and really drop us in it.

  • geordiemark

    Jan 11, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #15


    if ashley thinks he has big problems with the toon army then just wait till the glasgow rangers get going, aye thats what he wants why doesnt he just take the money sell up and bugger off a no one thing new owners soon get rid of his cockney mafia they wont last 2 minutes then

  • geordiemark

    Jan 11, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #16

    think he would be really stupid to sell all our best players 1 mabye 2 but if he does he will get next to nothing for the club if he thinks that way like, a club is bought on the grounds it has good players excellent support and can make profits

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jan 11, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #17

    We should get Cabella now. If we wait until summer other teams like Swansea and West Ham will have replentished their TV money and will push the price up or a bigger team will have taken notice.

    Cabaye will go in the summer and I don’t think there’s much we can do about it. Personally, I would sell him unless he signs an extension anyway. Don’t want to let him run his contract down and leave for nothing.

  • bobby mango

    Jan 11, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #18

    Cabaye has got to go at some point. He’s pretty much at his peak. Regardless of his WC performance his value will peak this summer and only go down after that. So I won’t be annoyed of we sell him. Unless it’s to Liverpool, as I despise them.

    Hope the club prioritise with a striker. Cabella or Hunt would be nice but midfield is our strongest area, smacks of when we only brought in Anita. That was ludicrous. We were linked with De Jong then as well, don’t make the same mistake twice. Get him in.

  • Sav

    Jan 11, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #19

    Not right to compare Mashley with Fat Freddie. Whatever about Mashley, he has stabilised the club financially and so far, it has cost him his own money. The value of the interest-free loan is huge to us. We had nothing else to put up to get any other kind of loan when Mashley stepped in.
    On the other hand, FF took millions out of NUFC and along with the Halls, he lined his pockets. Looking back, were the signings of Owen, Kluivert etc. not a smokescreen disguising the fact the club was being dragged to the edge of a precipice? I’m no fan of Mashley, but it looks to me like he has hauled us out of the fire. Whether we are approaching payback time with the unspent TV millions remains to be seen…

  • Sav

    Jan 11, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #20

    Bobby Mango I agree with you about Cabaye. But the jury is out on de Jong who looked good in Holland but his current club can’t get their money back fast enough. That is surely the trouble with buying new players and why we are likely to get max for Cab this summer – because as far as is possible, he’s proven.
    Even Anita at 6 mil – how many would spend that again having seen him? He’s tidy. Is there more to his game? Buying is almost always a gamble unless you are shopping at Harrods , while we are shopping at the France equivalent of Sports Direct. Having said that, last January was the absolute best transfer window we’ve seen in years – 5 quality young players, no injury cases, no psychological issues and they can all play a bit. Credit to Carr, Pardew and whoever had anything to do with it. Another one of those and we’d be very well set up.

  • Ancientcoptic

    Jan 11, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Cabella isn’t available for cut-price, which makes me think this will never happen.

  • mainemagpie

    Jan 11, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #22

    “I think there’s room to bring in a player, for sure, but it would need to be right financially for the board”

    Translation: There are players I want to bring in to improve the team but the owner won’t let me. So I have to find other players that won’t fit as well but are cheaper, if I’m honest…..

    That in a nutshell is the current philosophy, the football team is secondary to the financial status. NUFC = Newcastle United Financial Company


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