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Massive Bid Expected From PSG For Cabaye This Month

12:04 am, Monday, January 20th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 60 Comments

Alan Pardew has said on Sunday that he is nervous about losing Yohan Cabaye in the transfer window this month, and at the same time it appears that Newcastle are very close to signing Remy Cabella of Montpellier for £12M, who could be a replacement for Cabaye.

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Yohan Cabaye scoring for Newcastle on Saturday

The signing of Cabella would be the biggest incoming deal Newcastle have signed since Mike Ashley bought the club back in the summer of 2007.

And the Telegraph are reporting today that PSG are about to come in with a bid for Yohan Cabaye, maybe even on 31st January, which is when we sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool for £35M three years ago.

And it would have to be something in the region of £20M for the owner to sell our best player half way through the season, and the report suggests it could be as much as £26M.

Since going on strike last August when Newcastle refused to accept a £11M bid for him from Arsenal, Yohan has been a model professional and was simply outstanding in the 3-1 win over West Ham on Saturday.

We’ve always said it would take an offer in the region of £20M for Mike Ashley to sell his favorite player, and the Telegraph believes an offer maybe even more than that is now being prepared in Paris for Cabaye.

Cabaye is now in Abu Dhabi with the rest of the Newcastle squad for a mid-season warm weather break, but if a bid does come in for the Frenchman and it’s in excess of £20M, Yohan Cabaye will be sold, and maybe that’s why Newcastle are willing to pay as much as £12M for Remy Cabella.

Newcastle remain a club willing to sell any player if the price is right, and it could be that Yohan Cabaye will be a PSG player come February, and that will leave Newcastle and Alan Pardew to do their best through the rest of the season, without a player who has been so instrumental for the side this season.

And that’s one reason Newcastle will never become a top four side under the current regime, but most of us already knew that was the case, and it’s another reason we have no chance of signing Loic Remy permanently this summer.

And as far as Cabaye is concerned, we wouldn’t blame Cabaye for wanting to join PSG, if the offer does come in, because Newcastle cannot offer him what a player of his caliber deserves, which is to play regularly in the Champions League.

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  • 1 santonthenewmaldini // Jan 20, 2014 at 12:05 AM

    Quite a lot of rumours about Cabaye leaving all over Twitter it will be a sad day when he does leave just got to hope it does not demoralise the squad as a lot of the Frenchies are here because of him

    We also struggle for any kind of fluency when he does not play in fact our midfield 3 combo of Tiote , Anita and Cabs is one of the best in the league Cabella may prove to be just as good mind you if we get him

    Wish we could get Cabella and Cabaye to play together though with someone like De Jong as well

  • 2 TurkishFan101 // Jan 20, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Repost:

    Hey lads!

    Haven’t been on for a while due to University overload and studies. Been looking around and reading about the transfer rumours. Cabella would be a great transfer but if it means we get him, it means we will not get Seim De Jong, Luuk’s brother as Cabella and Seim are both considered as Attacking midfielder, just behind the striker but as well as in front of 2 defensive midfielders.

    Luuk De Jong deal looks pretty likely, but seems Borussia Mönchengladbach are holding out till they get a replacement first before off loading him to us.

    If Cabaye does end up going, Cabella will not be his replacement as in the player type, but positional wise, it make sense as it would mean Cabella goes straight to the Number 10 role. We would still buy some young prospect maybe like Fofana, but we already have likes of Anita, which has made our midfield look immense, his like our little Iniesta, a magician.

    Remy for me is a no go, he should be lucky we took a chance on him while he had that “Rape” case going on and its still active without no response yet? He disrespected our club again when he clearly said he will be going to a Champions League club, merely using us as a “stepping stone”.

    I genuinely believe, Cisse is better player then Remy, the statistics prove that barely anyone gets to shoot in the oppositions half, as we are the team that shoots most out of the box, which leaves poacher type striker Cisse no chance at all to get the goals he used to when the tactics were set up differently in the season we finished 5th. So with the addition of Luuk (hopefully) its only going to be a matter of time before Cisse will start to bang them in, and also if there was to be some sort of partnership between Luuk and Cisse, that would be immense.

    The way I look at this, Pardew is going for Cabella to ready things up for the future partnership which could be formation of 4231, 451, 442. Looking forward, and staying positive.

    About Cabaye’s speculation, he said himself he isnt looking to move not untill summer anyway, but PSG or another team coming in to bid will know most likely they will need to pay allot, over £25m to get him as Cabaye is not willing to go, with his current form in NUFC, and his squad status in the French National Squad. So only if £25m+ comes in he goes, and in my opinion that would be brilliant deal if we spent all of it back in the squad.

    As much as I like Cabaye, all happy dreams have to come to an end to start another one. Another Fresh start then lads?

    Hope for the best,

    HWTL!

  • 3 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 20, 2014 at 12:21 AM

    Brilliant

    @TaylorandBesty: Iron Mike Williamson’s Cruyff turn on Matt Jarvis for your viewing pleasure. #nufc http://t.co/maR2sHdv8l

  • 4 remember69 // Jan 20, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    It sounds too coincidental that as soon as a quote from Cabella’s father is published indicating he expects him to move there are now reports that PSG are making a bid.
    Are any of these reports confirmed or are folks just putting 2+2 together?
    I am hoping that the Cabella report is true and the PSG bid conjecture, at least until the summer. At this time of year there are so many rumors going around it is difficult to know what to believe.

  • 5 RonVanDam // Jan 20, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    If he goes to PSG then i’ll be happy as long as its not to a PL team. I would also like to see a 1st option buy back clause in case he gets frustrated with lack of game time and decides to leave

  • 6 santonthenewmaldini // Jan 20, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    @Toonarmy

    I remember watching the game and seen him do that I thought get in there Mikey !! There was a couple of little chipped passes that he pulled off in the first half as well his confidence must be sky high

    I just wish when we got a corner we just put him in an area to attack the goal rather than knock it down who knows he maybe would score ? haha

  • 7 RonVanDam // Jan 20, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Did anyone noticed Cabaye didnt celebrate his goals like he used to. You could tell by the look on his face that something is going on behind the scenes.

  • 8 santonthenewmaldini // Jan 20, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    @Ronvan

    Yeah watch the celebration for his first goal no smile at all

  • 9 manxpie // Jan 20, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    tads seen that absolute class
    notice hodgeson was watching too maybe just maybe he was running his eye over him?

  • 10 toonbrother // Jan 20, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    i’d be very sad to see him leave in this window. i’m sure they can wait till the summer.

  • 11 lesh // Jan 20, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Did I get the impression that Cabaye was making a great effort to give a long acknowledgement to the travelling fans s at Upton Park? Just a gut feel I got when watching MoTD. Anyone who was there on Saturday got any thoughts?

    Maybe he won’t return after the Abu Dhabi break?

    Incidentally, if Kinnear has pitched up there, how in hell’s he got there? In a specially chartered Hercules transport, as deck cargo on a tanker??

  • 12 nightfa11 // Jan 20, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    sign cabella & a striker like sow, plus luuk – cisse swap & then we only need to sign a young quality CB in summer & we have a top 4 side..

    but cabaye should stay.. dont mind if we lose: guti (already), obertan, marveaux (i like him, but if he doesnt play..whats the points of having him), shola, santon..not cos i dont like him or anything..hes a good player..not the best defender, but a good player.. i just think we have a LB position well covered..haidara & dummet are possibly even better then santon (at LB that is)..

  • 13 toonbrother // Jan 20, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    moyes and manu desperately need a cabaye. if psg come in for him i hope they do as well and drive his price through the room

  • 14 lesh // Jan 20, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    toonbrother // Jan 20, 2014 at 12:38 AM

    ‘moyes and manu desperately need a cabaye. if psg come in for him i hope they do as well and drive his price through the room’.

    Would that be the one with the elephant in it?

  • 15 veto // Jan 20, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    Doubt it , thats highly speculative .
    he’s gone in the summer and everyone knows it and expects it , we wont let his contract run down and he probably should be playing champs lge footy , so you can begrudge him to much for wanting the move ,
    this summer is the most amicable way
    and we will have his replacement already here in cabella it seems .

  • 16 Blofal // Jan 20, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    French TV channel Canal+ is reporting that PSG have reached a 26million agreement for Cabaye subject to us signing Cabella :(

  • 17 USAGEORDIE // Jan 20, 2014 at 1:07 AM

    I like Cabella but Yohan has such a huge role I don’t think he can “replace him.” I think we should bring in Cabella and Valbuena who can both be creators. Just imagine
    Krul
    Debuchy-Willo-MYM-Santon
    Anita-Tiote
    Cabella-Valbuena-Gouffy
    Remy
    All these players plus Sissoko, De Jong, and Hatem on the bench=enough depth to go far in a cup, play in Europe, and have a successful premier league campaign.

  • 18 mattnufc // Jan 20, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    Will be sad when he leaves but he deserves Champions League football. He has been a pleasure to watch in the last few years.

  • 19 jimmysmith // Jan 20, 2014 at 1:37 AM

    I guess there are on going discussions regarding the sale of Cabaye in this window, along with Cabella and others, but I’d wager even those doing the talking aren’t sure of how it will pan out.

    Other than Ashley, who will have his bottom line.

  • 20 jimmysmith // Jan 20, 2014 at 1:44 AM

    It’s interesting if three clubs are involved in the transfer negotiations.

    Much like the AC deal, where really it appeared it was all about Chelsea wanting Torres and prepared to throw money at the deal to make it happen, and the price being Carroll and 15 or so mill to Liverpool and 35 million to us to get it done.

  • 21 lesh // Jan 20, 2014 at 1:54 AM

    Time to say night-night Sooty. Time to say night-night Sweep.

    ‘Night-night everybody, night-night.

  • 22 county down magpie // Jan 20, 2014 at 2:13 AM

    If, and its an if due to unconfirmed rumours about a possible PSG bid, we were to sell Cabaye in this window for upwards of 20mil then surely MA will look to play the long game and sell him in the summer. If he goes to the WC and has a stormer then MA could add another 10mil on top of an already over inflated price. Seems a ligical step to me, although not the right one

    HWTL

  • 23 Charlietoon // Jan 20, 2014 at 2:23 AM

    I’d rather he go abroad than be playing against us for someone else. Plus a mega rich club means he will get good wages and we will get a good price. 25mill plus and wish him the best and tell him to enjoy the Champions league.

  • 24 toonicle // Jan 20, 2014 at 2:39 AM

    Hes not cup tied so that’s a big plus for both of them, hate to see him go half way through the season.

  • 25 JDdubai // Jan 20, 2014 at 2:43 AM

    Cant blame him for going, 28 and needs champions league to be fair to him. Thanks for everything and good luck, would like to see all the money go on another player but unlikely to happen.

  • 26 Greebol1892 // Jan 20, 2014 at 4:57 AM

    Haha “warm weather break”…? It’s flippin cold here in Abu Dhabi now. 16/17 degrees! Can’t remember it being this cold, grey and windy!

    Wonder which hotel the players are staying?

  • 27 The Atlanta Geordie // Jan 20, 2014 at 5:02 AM

    selling Cabaye is ok unless we don’t reinvest. ask for 15 mil + rabiot if you have any brains kinnear. a young Cabaye does us no wrong

  • 28 theartfuldodger // Jan 20, 2014 at 5:15 AM

    Cabaye to Psg rumours start the moment were linked to a big money move for cabella. Could easily be fabricated.

    However we know he is going. Now or in the summer. But 26m from cabaye and spend 12m for cabella. Bleh !

    The major reason for buying cabella could be that he can play in CM , on the wing or as a No. 10
    Thats like 3 new signings.

  • 29 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 20, 2014 at 5:31 AM

    it would be sad when Cabaye leaves but these happens all the time.

    Ronaldo left Manchester, Figo left Barca, Berbatov left Spurs, Bale left Spurs etc It happens.

    The thing is, we move forward by replacing him with a quality player or adding more depth. A bid of 25 million for Cabaye is massive and it would be stupid if we turn it down.

    But knowing this manage is the problem. There’s no guarantee we will use the 25 million to replace Cabaye. Which is what makes it hard for us to stomach to losing him.

  • 30 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 20, 2014 at 5:34 AM

    If we use the 25 million of Cabaye money to sign Luuk, Cabella and another centre back it would be great.

    But we have the hopeless Joe incharge of our transfers. That’s the problem.

  • 31 Santon03 // Jan 20, 2014 at 6:02 AM

    I think we have enough CB right now.
    If we are going to buy CB, I suspect Saylor or Colo is going to leave. No point having 5 CB and we still have Good.
    Cabaye will leave but after WC2014.
    I really hope we can get a striker in, I just fear if Remy got injured then we only have 2 strikers that can’t score. I don’t think De Jong is the right striker.

  • 32 SharpEnough23 // Jan 20, 2014 at 6:04 AM

    Cabaye is our best player without any doubt and I will be gutted when he leaves.

    I would love to see us sign some British players with the sale, starting with bringing caroll back when/if west ham get relegated.

  • 33 Santon03 // Jan 20, 2014 at 6:10 AM

    I hope we can get Abel Hernandez.

  • 34 Santon03 // Jan 20, 2014 at 6:14 AM

    PSG won’t go for Cabaye, they are going all out for Pjanic (AS Roma)

  • 35 Marty-Toon // Jan 20, 2014 at 6:19 AM

    Would be sickening losing a quality player like Cabaye but we all knew the day would come,his value has gone up 5 times since we paid pittance for him.
    I think in a World Cup year he’d be better staying til summer so he has a guarantee of playing every game.
    Just a shame the club don’t have enough ambition to keep him and surround him with enough quality players to challenge.
    I actually don’t think it’d cost MA that much to see the squad challenge.
    Maybe 40 million depending on the deals you get.

  • 36 theartfuldodger // Jan 20, 2014 at 6:21 AM

    Yohan Cabaye was unknown but I dont think Remy Cabella is.
    There are rumours of top teams being interested.
    So there is still a long way to go before we sign him.

  • 37 Marty-Toon // Jan 20, 2014 at 6:26 AM

    Sharp enough
    Carroll back here?
    I don’t think so,he would have to prove he can stay fit for more that 5games.
    He’s a much better played than the West Ham hoof ball shows and if he stays fit he may help them stay up.
    Not sure he’s the type of player we need up front though,we’ve missed someone good in the air for set plays but with the way we play having changed a bit with keeping it mainly on the ground I think we need someone with speed

  • 38 Santon03 // Jan 20, 2014 at 6:31 AM

    Marty

    I believe if Carroll is back with us, he will find his form again. Well as long as he won’t start drinking again.

  • 39 Santon03 // Jan 20, 2014 at 6:33 AM

    Hopefully after WC2014 England will hire pardew so we can get new manager.

  • 40 JAMSHA // Jan 20, 2014 at 6:35 AM

    ask psg 40m or 25 + Verriti ,else fk off

  • 41 Ben3arfa // Jan 20, 2014 at 6:41 AM

    To be honest I would rather see Cabaye join PSG and challenge for the Champions League than go to Arsenal under Arsene’s mediocrity.

  • 42 SharpEnough23 // Jan 20, 2014 at 6:44 AM

    Marty- as Santon said I think he might find his form if he came back, he wasn’t just good in the air back then he scored some decent goals with that left foot of his.

    Really I just want some decent English players back in the squad, I used to hate arsenal because of how many French players were in there team

    ….the irony

  • 43 Marty-Toon // Jan 20, 2014 at 6:44 AM

    Agreed Benarfa

  • 44 Marty-Toon // Jan 20, 2014 at 6:49 AM

    @sharpenough
    No doubt he scored some decent goals at times and was in good form before we sold him(thus getting in the England squad)but since that?
    He’s been injured and on the bench two years
    I would love us to have more English players(Ince ) and it was good to have Tayls and Willo on the team at the weekend.
    If Andy can’t prove his fitness over the next few months then I’d stay far away

  • 45 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jan 20, 2014 at 6:57 AM

    I will personally drop to the floor and flail my arms and legs in a temper tantrum if he leaves for anything less than what Man United spent on Failani

  • 46 Goodfella // Jan 20, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    Rvd- i said that to my mate, it looked as if cabs was trying his hardest not to smile or look happy about scoring, then we get our manager saying he (cabs) has been a class act all day(did they know something b4 the game) and that was followed up by every player has his price and were nervous about keeping our top players. (mind i do tend to over think things sometimes :) )

  • 47 Goodfella // Jan 20, 2014 at 7:01 AM

    Anita how much was fellani again ?

  • 48 Ben3arfa // Jan 20, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    @Goodfella , 27 odd million

  • 49 Goodfella // Jan 20, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    @Ben3arfa
    Wow if we dont atleast get that our marvelous dof wants shot. Cabaye is twice the player fellani is.

  • 50 bobby mango // Jan 20, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    If we get a bid of over 20m I think we’d be right to take it.
    Even if he has a blistering WC his value won’t rise to much more. His age is just about to start going against him.
    Also I believe he deserves a move to a in where he can win things. Would love to say that was at NUFC bit 60 yrs without a major trophy suggests otherwise.

  • 51 firebug666 // Jan 20, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    HBA has not travelled with the rest of the squad, according to Shields Gazette, but has been given permission by Newcastle to stay behind in London.

  • 52 HullMag6 // Jan 20, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Cabella in cabs out isnt a like for like move if it does happen (big if) sissoko will move to the centre and Cabella will go wide.

    Would like to keep Cabs and sign Cabella plus another 2 or 3 players and push for CL ourselves.

  • 53 Slank // Jan 20, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    All players leave almost always by transfer. Cabaye will be sold. It’s not if but when. Now is probably the best time as he is at the top of his game and at the right age.

    He has improved because he has been in the Premiership and also because of the way Pardew plays him in an advanced role. He has benefited from having Tiote and latterly Anita behind him allowing him a free role to show his all round qualities.

    The club’s plan was to sign players who would have a resale value and so it should be no surprise to see him sold for a substantial profit.

  • 54 Scottishmag1 // Jan 20, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    If any of you watched the Chelsea V Manure game yesterday, please tell me the difference between the Hernandez Lunge with two feet in the last minutes of the game (Yellow Card) compared to Debuchy’s lunge (Red Card)………..talk about inconsistency!!

  • 55 Transfer Sage // Jan 20, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    would like to keep cabaye at least another 6 months to allow somebody like cabella to bed in a bit more.

    he has 2.5 years left on his contract so no rush to sell, easy get another 1.5 years from him

  • 56 Klatoon // Jan 20, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Surely Blanc cant sign both Pogba and Cabaye, can he?

  • 57 Transfer Sage // Jan 20, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    scottish

    you mean the rafael challenge at the end?

    No idea on that, just sent of vidic so probably bottled the red

  • 58 yorkymag // Jan 20, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    I hope that the rumours are true for me Cabella is a better option for us than cabayne in the long term .he is a more , natural goalscorer and a proper false 9 /number ten he will give us a better natural shape
    Sure it would be great to have both but for me a massive profit on cabayne and remy c and Luke de Jong is a no brainer

  • 59 jukitsu // Jan 20, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    @Scottishmag1

    Obviously bigger clubs get special treatment. It was red all day long.

  • 60 Rotonda heights // Jan 20, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    achtoon // Jan 19, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    a quote from today’s papers ‘at times their imagination was sublime, their accuracy a thing of wonder’ and ‘they played their football in beguiling triangles; flitting into telling space working the ball reducing the opposition to a bewildered scamper’ yes this was about Newcastle and our ‘average’ manager. if some one had said 4 years ago that the papers were writing this kind of stuff about us you would be saying Yes please, i’ll have that manager. Fat sams only game plan was A.Carroll who misses a sitter and gave away the free kick for our third. Love it.
    _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    This is where Catchy and I part company as that description of triangles etc is what I’ve been crying out, ie passing football with the technical players we have and playing Cabaye in a free role.

    I would never in a million years want dark age, negative hoofball Allardyce ahead of Pardew

    I do recognise improvement when it happens and if we could now just add some consistency.. . . . . . . . !




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