Newcastle Put £35M Fee On Yohan Cabaye

Newcastle fans saw in our last game at West Ham just how good Yohan Cabaye is as a footballer, and in truth the Hammers had nobody near the quality of the 28 year-old  top French International, who scored two magnificent goals for Newcastle in that game, has seven goals for the season, and has scored 5 goals in his last seven games for the Magpies.

yohan cabaye warming up

Yohan Cabaye – fee is now £35M

So after that game, and the way he’s been playing all season, has sent his transfer fee much higher  in January, especially when one of the richest clubs in the world – Paris Saint-Germain,  the 5th richest now to be exact according to the latest Deloitte rankings,  are wanting to sign him.

So into action goes Mike Ashley’s strategy of demanding a ridiculous fee if he is going to lose one of Newcastle’s best midfielders we’ve had at the club for a long long time.

The Chronicle is reporting the fee for Yohan is now around £35M, and if that’s true that should be enough to put PSG off even bidding for Yohan, and the top French club are seemingly looking at other (cheaper) midfield targets than Cabaye.

The Chronicle is reporting that a source in France told them the following:

“PSG know that Newcastle won’t give up Cabaye easily.” “There’s been plenty of talk over a figure, but Newcastle have made it clear he won’t be sold for a bargain price. The fee may have to be astronomical.”

Mike Ashley will sell any Newcastle player at the right price, but if the fee is astronomical – then that’s akin to saying they will not sell him, unless the buying club are nuts – as Liverpool proved to be three years ago when they paid out £35M for local striker Andy Carroll,

Andy is not worth a third of that figure right now, after suffering so many long term injuries since leaving Newcastle almost exactly three years ago,  in what has turned out to be a fantastic deal for Newcastle.

So if that fee on Cabaye  is true, that should be enough to put PSG off even bidding for Yohan this month, and the top French club are seemingly looking at other (cheaper) midfield targets right now.

We hope we don’t get another fantastic deal before the end of this month, since we want Yohan Cabaye to stay at Newcastle, so we can build a team around him.

Although that may be fanciful thinking on our part given the way Newcastle are run these days – seemingly with a lack of ambition.

What do you think?

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110 comments so far

  • Slank

    Jan 25, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed, I don’t regard it as a ridiculous fee. Cabaye is as good if not better than Mata and the price ManU paid Chelsea would make Cabaye’s fee about on par.

    He is only worth what someone is prepared to pay and there are some teams out there that have the money to pay it.

  • Malta Mag

    Jan 25, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Mike Ashley for Prime Minister!!!!!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 25, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #3

    So the story about the clubs agreeing on €26M and Cabaye not wanting to go yet are all now pie in the sky ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 25, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #4

    For Malta yes, I would like to see him exiled there, surely there’s room for an SD in the Popeye village.

  • clinath@ed

    Jan 25, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #5

    On the plastic fan subject….i find myself agreeing with bot i and stan’s “argument”, as I do not believe anyone can decide who is os not a fan of their club. Only that individual knows in his/her heart how mufh they “support” that club.
    I won’t state whether I attend games or not, as I do not want to be categorized, only to to say every generation of my family I have ever known have been MAD toon fans. Some attend regularly whilst others hbitually follow every tweet, blog or tv coverage.
    My 60+ yearold, ex nun, sister would tear you a new armhole should you even sugeest to question her support or slag off her team.
    To sum up, I believe everyone supports their team their ow way, and no one deserves criticism for how they display it.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 25, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #6

    35 million. if we could get that money off him it would be absolutely brilliant business.

    provided we reinvest accordingly though. could be used to funds atleast 4 new top class players!

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 25, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #7

    I’ve no complaints if Mr Tubbs has placed a £35 million tab on Cabaye. If it is PSG who are sniffing around – they have the money let them pay top price.
    PSG are another City -bought out by wealthy Qataris – looking to bribe and corrupt their way through football. Was reading up on this the other day. Platinis son, a lawyer, surprisingly works on behalf of PSG -got the job after a meeting of Platinin, Sarcozy and the wealthy Qatari. Platini voted for Qatar for the 2020 World Cup. Now the Quataris are spending millions upgrading certain banlieues (neighbourhoods) in Paris.
    Sepp Blatters’ nephew got the contacts for Asian TV coverage from FIFA. There are connections with Real Madrid and Barcelona. Somebody from Barcelona has got the contracts for works for the 2020 WC. -I think the same person has just resigned from Barca.We have the dodgy sponsorships -given to clubs. It’s all rotten to the core.

  • Ian Toon

    Jan 25, 2014 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #8

    Clinath – I agree. I posted to meet my BBC requirement of educating, informing and entertaining -LOL. Many fans from the North East just can’t afford the cost involved even with our prices being amongst the lowest in the PL

  • niafron

    Jan 25, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #9

    3/8 inches…

    Damn, will never understand.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Niafron…3 feet equals a meter 😉

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #11

    A foot is 33,3 cm I believe

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #12

    Niafron…the UK is one of the only places in Europe who still drive on the left side of the road, uses feet and inches 😉

    …do the Brits use miles or gallons? What about the Irish?

  • niafron

    Jan 25, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #13

    @Mister tuff

    The pound was in use in France before the metric system was created.

    In fact, it came from the roman empire.

    But quiet honnestly, almost no one use it now. Maybe old people (they simply refet ot it as once a kilogram).

    And sure we still have old expressions like “Une livre de beurre” (a pound of butter).

    Habits of language, nothing more.

    About grammar, i was myself a french teacher for foreigners some years ago.

    To answer your question, we indeed combine the verb “aller” at the present tense with another verb at the infinitive form to speak at the future tense.

    Like ” je vais manger quelque chose de bon” ” i will eat something tasty”.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 25, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #14

    I think I should point out to fellow bloggers there was are serious incident on the blog a couple of nights ago. The incident could I suppose, be classified as a Percy v Pellegrini type incident ie “You’re an old C**T”. Bloggers were posting as to who was the oldest and various threats were issued.
    One blogger – bohoo Bills -threatened to assault jimiley, (whose only “weapon” was a handbag) with a fully laden shopping bag. Talk about it not being equal. So you lads and lasses who post today -need to be careful – or the fully laden shopping bag may appear again.

  • niafron

    Jan 25, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #15

    @ Jesper


  • Cool Hand Luke

    Jan 25, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #16

    Jesper, it depends, Britain uses feet and inches to measure a persons height, but in almost all other cases, meters, centimetres etc. also miles as opposed to kilometres and liquid is normally measured in litres. Ireland uses kilometres.

  • breno95

    Jan 25, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #17

    finally @ mister tuff
    you have the understanding of the world of football.
    would be a relief if a lot more were as understanding as you and realise that all of these groups for this snd a trust for that are p#%&* in the wind. they are a tadpole in an ocean of great whites.
    this blog is now just full of the wannabe protester/ politician/accountant and the “I could do a better job than MA” folk. repeating the same tripe hour after hour, day after day.
    would be good to read views on the possible transfers in terms of what they coukd add ti the team, stats etc other than the boring crap of will MA pay out what does JK do blah blah blah.

  • Slank

    Jan 25, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #18


    Just to add what Cool Hand said that in the UK the habit is to quote winter temperatures in Centigrade (3C) but summer temperatures in Fahrenheit (70F).

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 25, 2014 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #19

    niafron -thanks for that update.
    I’m pretty much ok with using the auxiliary verbs with infinitives. Last summer, whilst on holiday in France, in a restaurant situation I had settled upon the phrase “je vais prendre…” when ordering, but have also used “je prends”. However I have also seen information on the internet suggesting “je prendrai” and “je prendrais”.
    Whilst I appreciate language evolves over time, what would you advice be upon the best contemporary phrase.

  • potski

    Jan 25, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #20


    3 feet is a yard, not a metre, and a yard is slightly less than one metre.
    We use both gallons and miles, but our gallons are bigger than US gallons.
    All of the old imperial measures are in common use. And some are still the official ones to use – all road signs for instance are still in miles, no km.

    We use exactly the same form – I am going to eat something tasty.

  • tequilamag

    Jan 25, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #21

    Mister Tuff, just point and mime eating, that should do the trick.
    Jesper there are 30.48 cm in a foot

  • tequilamag

    Jan 25, 2014 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #22

    We also drink our beer in pints.

  • toonesia

    Jan 25, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #23

    35m or any high-flying price will be useless unless fat mike invest that money in transfer market. 🙂

  • beddersmag

    Jan 25, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #24

    guys i have been thinking about how best to use technology in the game. Simple idea mixing best of rugby and cricket. One ‘appeal’ per half of football, which remains if appeal is correct. could be used for any decison and would get rid of the daft ones that so annoy us, ut with only one captains would have to be sure in order to use it. wouldnt take too much time, possibly stick with refs decision if fourth offical cant reach a conlusion in 60 seconds. Only issue might be a team being given offside and once play stopped its effectively to late to reverse the decision. However, refs would naturally be more inclined give advantage to attackers to offset that. Would mean more goals but captain can review if wishes. Minimal impact on game but the end of crazy decisions such as tiotes disallowed goal. What you reckon?

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2014 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #25

    Guys thanks for the update 🙂

    …I don’t know how you keep track of all that? And I have seen you also use the term stone when talking about weight?

  • beddersmag

    Jan 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #26

    ..only one appeal per half i meant to say…

  • Benji84

    Jan 25, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #27

    big question is this it does not matter if he is getting sold is what mike will do with the cash will he buy some one or wait and see whats happens? His contract has only 2 years at the end of this year so he will be sold soon i feel

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jan 25, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #28

    Yeah I remember the pints from when I lived in London (seem to have forgotten the rest 😉 lol)

  • potski

    Jan 25, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #29

    Why mime? Try

    “Allez vous Angles? Angles! Do – you – speak – Angles?? ENGLISH!!”

  • niafron

    Jan 25, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #30

    @Mister tuff

    “Je prendraiS” is more polite, cause this is a conditionnal and it suggest the thing will happen if the person you talk to is pleased by it.

    “Je prendrais du poulet si vous le voulez bien.” would be the full sentence.

    “Je prendrai” is simply the future tense, and it mean the thing will happen in any case.

  • cyprus

    Jan 25, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #31

    Not much going these days…

    On Cabs, well we’re buying into the hype. He’s good but not top tier, a poor man’s Mata if you will. I’d be more upset if we sold HBA.

    Marveaux: what’s going on? Why can’t he get a game, especially now that we are playing for nothing?

    Ed, JFK did ‘announce’ a basic plan: we need speedy wily wingers and a CF.

    We’re still a couple of players from the next level. I hope they make the plunge and buy one marque player who will excite the fans and who will make a difference.

  • niafron

    Jan 25, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #32

    In France a pint is supposed to equal half a liter.

  • niafron

    Jan 25, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #33

    Maybe is Marv injured again? The communication about players injuries is pure madness in the PL.

    Total blackout.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 25, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #34

    tequila @21 I’m sure you were not being serious. Please refer to Ian Toons’ new policy in an earlier post.

    niafron – thanks for that update -understood.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 25, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #35

    Breno – I know that there are one or two on here who protest about -the politics of the club, accountants and other such types of posts -ie not specifically football. I think probably those who post the “politics” side of things probably would prefer not to and stick to a strictly football agenda. However, with the perceptions being what they are at SJP I think it is quite natural for those interested in the club to voice their concerns. It seems to me to be a natural consequence. I do not know whether they have similar posts on the blogs of other clubs -but I suppose none of them have a similar situation with having an owner whose primary interests may not be the club.
    One thing I do know is that if we were say third or fourth in the league and still in the cups these types of posts would probably not materialise. As Shearer spouted recently if a club are winning -they can get away with all sorts.
    As for getting rid of Ashley – I think we’ll just have to wait until he sells -does that mean others should never/not discuss the subject – clearly not -every fan/supporter has the right to voice their opinion. Some of the recent accounts posts have been excessive, repetitive and to be honest a turn off.
    But all in all there is a reasonable mix on this blog and some good laughs at times – even putting up with the loonies/bigots/idiots can be amusing at times.

  • stan anderson

    Jan 25, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #36

    Mr Tuff,sorry i did,nt make my point clear,i suppose all i should,ve said was that i resent being called plastic supporter or a non supporter by anyone.
    In a nutshell i feel the owner is taking the piss out of the fans loyalty to the club.
    I would not be happy to give him any of my cash to pay the likes of JFK what to me would be huge money?


    Jan 25, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #37

    history classes

  • wolfshead@toon

    Jan 25, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #38


    re previous thread about plastic fans if i deserted nufc it would be for safc :-0 lol the f****** are in a cup final and have an owner that doesnt have palpitations at the thought of spending money 🙁 ashley out

  • potski

    Jan 25, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #39


    I’m in favour of more technology, but I don’t understand why we have so few officials. This is especially when the two assistants are required to stay level with the last man in their half of the pitch, and concentrate on offside decisions.

    I really don’t see why there can’t be six assistants, with two on the touchline opposite side to the traditional (offside) linesmen. They would not stay level with the last man but stay close to the action, as another pair of eyes to assist the ref with decisions on the pitch, and when the ball crosses the line their part of pitch. Someone like that should have seen that challenge on Haidarra last year.

    I’d also have a similar pair next to the goals, not to decide whether the ball crosses the goal line, but did the ball go out for corner/goal kick, fouls in the box etc. Someone in that position for instance should have been able to tell the ref that Gouffran didn’t touch Tiote’s shot nor was he in the keeper’s line of sight.

    Then there should be a video ref to help with decisions when the ball is dead. I’d always play on with offside, unless it is yards off. Anything close continue to play and review on video if it goes in the net, and the defenders captain appeals.


  • kilcline

    Jan 25, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #40

    £35m or £100m it wouldn’t matter, that fat idiot in charge and kinnear wouldn’t invest even half back into the team, we would sign some french youngster nearing the end of his contract.

    Just leave Ashley


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