Newcastle Reject PSG Bid For Cabaye – Red Devils Next?


Arsenal bid £11M for Yohan Cabaye in the summer and that was rejected by Newcastle, and news today that PSG have finally bid for Cabaye – with an initial offer  of £14M – and that has also been rejected.

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Yohan Cabaye – PSG £14M bid rejected

It could be that PSG have made Cabaye their number one target, but if Newcastle have any sense they will only let Yohan Cabaye go in January, if the Tyneside club get a massive (make that ridiculous) bid for him – and much more than a paltry £14M.

So with just over five days to go in this transfer window, we’ll see what the next shoe to fall is – and we wouldn’t be surprised if the French club come back in with an increased offer, but hopefully that will be rejected too.

And then there’s Manchester United, who are now said to be interested in taking Cabaye to Old Trafford, and we would expect if the Red Devils do come in and bid, it  will be a bigger one than £14M – maybe a much bigger one.

Cabaye could help the Red Devils make the Champions League, with those hopes being very slim at the moment, as they are  only one point above Newcastle in the league, they may just be desperate enough to make a huge bid.

If Marouane Fellaini is worth £27.5M to United – then what is Cabaye worth to them – given their current predicament?

But top clubs are now finally bidding for Yohan Cabaye in this final week of the January transfer window.

If Newcastle let Cabaye go and we are unable to bring in a suitable replacement that would not be good, and money would again trump Newcastle becoming a good side, or even that we keep one of our very best players so we can do well in the final 22 games of the season.

We hope the club have learned from selling Andy Carroll to Liverpool three years ago, and at the time we were short of a striker for the rest of that season.

We are hoping Mike Ashley will stand firm and hold out for a huge fee for Cabaye, who is one of Newcastle’s most important players this season,  and also one of France’s best players, and if that kind of bid doesn’t come in – we should keep him.

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100 comments so far

  • Slank

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed, there is no suitable replacement for Cabaye. He is the central midfield player for France. Which other central midfield players for major European national teams are available and affordable – none.

    He goes for £25M to £35M or he stays.

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  • SuperShearer

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #2

    The proof in the pudding will be if Cabaye is not playing against Norwich. With that opening bid we should play him, make it clear that the amount offered is not even worthy of us resting the player should he incur and injury.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #3

    This story would certainly scotch the claims by that French journo that a fee of €26M had been agreed.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Be suprised if Man utd pay top dollar for a cm considering the money they spent on Fellani in the summer. Would be a great signing for them though.

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  • stuart no9

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #5

    stuart no9 // Jan 26, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    looking at the FA cup draw tonight , its enough to make a man weep.
    It is however a perfect example as to how pardew – never has or ever will be a winner. His decision making is nothing short than heinous.

    The fact that we threw away the Cardiff game by bizarrely resting players for the game. WHY ? the fact we are not going to get relegated or win any leagues , the FA cup was our last chance of something to play for – he couldn’t even give us that. The 2 ties given to Cardiff were both very winnable , and with a bit of luck another good tie may have seen us in the semis. but no, Sir Alan ‘fergie’ pardew just happened to have other ideas by trying to pull a clever one by pretending he knew what he was doing- wrong move , he didn’t have a clue what the hell he was doing. so because of his arrogance, and inept managerial capabilities. we have lost out on a decent cup run , a run that may have seen us at Wembley in may . thankyou very much sir .

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  • Belfast

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #6

    Cant see them paying any more than 17-18 mill tbh

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  • jazzyp

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Stuart downing £20 mill-Jordan Henderson £20 mill……….Cabs £14 mill mmmmm I’ll leave that one with ya

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  • stuart no9

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Himanshu—-
    —————Stuart

    Look at the big picture.

    Pardew gets a few weeks off and heads of to Abudhabi to pick up chicks
    ==================true, however they had such a good time pardew has booked them all in again same time next year.

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  • Slank

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #9

    I cannot see ManU making a bid. If they did, what signal does that say to Cabaye? We want you as backup to Mata and Fellani as these two individually cost twice as much as you. That’s not very tempting.

    Even the PSG bid is for a bench warmer. PSG may pull at his heart and family but from a footballing career move it is a backward step.

    If he asks for more money at Newcastle and a new contract he would probably get it and stay. What we don’t know is whether having lots of French players around him and being their leader plays a significant part in his decisions to stay or go.

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #10

    he might hate playing with french players

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  • stuart no9

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #11

    toonking at previous post .
    yeah , there is no doubting we were unlucky against city, however the bottom line is we got knocked out . all the more reason to try and make up for that loss by playing his strongest side against Cardiff , least of all his goal scorer . I just cant fatham it.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #12

    To be fair, I think people like Billson and me got it wrong when we said that fans here overrated Cabaye. He is indeed a fine player. I cant see bids of more than 22mill though, but who knows? Sadly, despite what the know nowts and Ashley lovers think, we wont buy a replacement now, but will troll the lists of french midfielders coming off contract and get someone cheap. Then we’ll claim that the agents fees bump it up to a 15 mill deal or some such and the rest will sit in the bank as Ashley looks to increase the ney value of the club with a view to sellingt. I genuinely would be concerned about Cabaye this time, as our lofty position in the league will be seen as protection as we slip down the table, away from the nasty zone of ambitious clubs whose coat-tails we sit on but in whose ambitious presence we dont really belong. Incidentally, what happened to all the youthful talent we were going to bring in last summer ??

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Slank,
    Ask for more money and get it. Haha.lol.pmsl.lmfao.OMG ha ha ha ha ha ha, that is single handed the funniest most outrageous post I have ever read on here.

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  • John Tudor

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #14

    please sir can i have some more

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  • toonking

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #15

    the FA started in January, we are sitting very well positioned in the premier league, ashley is very tight about how much is spent for a transfer.
    so let think

    A. we don’t want to start sliding down into a relegation battle and a team (blackpool I think) not long ago got fined for fielding a weakened team against premier league opponents arsenal, they wanted to keep them fit for the easy game that was due and knew that they would loose to arsenal.
    ashley being the type who loves money would be furious if the club were to receive a fine for fielding a weakened team in a premier league match. Pardew would know he could get sacked so therefore he has to field the strongest team for league games.

    B. pardew wants players signing and we want players to be signed, the problem is mike can only see the 11 that are on the pitch so in his eyes we are a strong team.

    C. so how the hell do we convince mike that we have rubbish depth if all he is getting to see is a starting 11.

    the answer was to use the FA cup
    why?
    this is why
    A we don’t get fined for fielding a weakened team in a premier league match

    B if we don’t bring in the striker we wanting then we know remy is still safe injuries that come from a cup game can cause a lot more negativity than those premier league one.

    C if we were to play a weakened team and loose to arsenal well all ashley and JFK need to say is arsenal are just a very good side so we expect to loose, something that can’t be said when we loose to teams like Cardiff so what does that prove, it proves we need more brought in.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Slank, there is a replacement for Cabaye. We;ll just have to wait a while whilst some French bloke either recovers from injury or goes on strike. Some little known geezer, probably of north african heritage, who is only 19 and the next ” big thing” , in Metz /Troyes/Dijon ( insert weak french club of your choice ) . Bag of arse. Still at least Ashley will get top dollar for him, but wouldnt it be nice to see it spent?

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  • bills-son

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #17

    Munster,

    If Cabaye is so good why has Mata gone for £37M when we’ve only had offers of £10M and £14M?

    City and Chelsea have signed plenty players for £20M+ and they don’t seem interested.

    Cabaye is good, but if Ashley sticks to £20M-£25M he might be here for a while yet.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #18

    15 million and Kagawa would be nice.

    Then Ashley could open a few sports direct stores in Kagawas country.

    $$$$$$$$

    Thank me later Mike.

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  • stuart no9

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #19

    slank @ 9 —- I think it will take more than afew quid to keep cabs.- one of the best midfielders in Europe playing for Newcastle when big clubs are coming in for him.???? he deserves a bigger stage , CL, He is an ambitious player, we cant accommodate his ambitions I’m afraid he is packing his bags. maybe not this January but certainly summer.after the world cup where he has taken the world cup by storm and probably added an extra few mill to his valuation

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  • Slank

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #20

    Munster

    There is no one of Cayabe’s tried and tested ability available and affordable. There might be some rookies out there but not the finished article like Cabaye.

    Jail,

    The economics are simple. A new contract and pay rise are more than covered by higher prize money in finishing in the upper reaches of the Premiership.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #21

    We could even go on a pre season tour Mikes chance to break into the market out there. 😉

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #22

    Slank,
    Explain that one to the business genius that is Mike Ashley, it’s a lovely thought Slank but with a major sticking point, it absolutely reeks of ambition.

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  • AaranD

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #23

    Cabaye is easily a £25 million plus player, he is a complete midfielder. The offers for him so far are just unsettling ones, with clubs hoping for Cabaye to push for a transfer making it as cheap as possible.

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  • 9

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #24

    Transfer: see 285 previous

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #25

    belfast

    I’m really surprised we haven’t signed a player from south korea or that region as they are often used by big teams to boost the profile in asia. With Ashley expanding sports direct world wide, i wouldn’t be surprised if we went for somebody.

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  • USAGEORDIE

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #26

    People on here are so desperate for action in the transfer window that they are willing to see our best player sold. We need to be patient. Yes, I would love to see Remy Cabella come in but it’s absurd to think he can replace Cabaye midway through the season in a bigger league. Ashley sees the position we are in (which isn’t bad) and thinks we can hold on and possibly get top 6 (which would be difficult considering other teams investments). He ISN’T going to splash the cash. The only thing we can do is wait out for the summer when he HAS to make a move. We aren’t a buying club, unless it is absolutely necessary, and right now with few injuries and no outgoing transfers, buying isn’t necessary. Though with a few additions we could be a solid Europa League squad, Ashley won’t buy. It’s disheartening, yes, but the best thing we can do now is hold on to Cabaye and hopefully trust the squad, as it is, enough to make a Europa Spot.

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  • Slank

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #27

    Stuart

    I agree that Cabaye is an ambitious and intelligent player and probably deserves to play in the CL but I doubt he will want to play second fiddle in ManU or even PSG but I could be wrong!

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  • AaranD

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #28

    Cabaye will be here till the summer at least. Unless a bamboozling amount is offered in cash this window.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #29

    9

    just had a read and two points to come back on

    1. The agent fees…playing hardball with agents, other chairmen/owners is fine sometimes, but other times if you really want a player you sometimes just have to play the game and give in. People say this could make us look weak and agents could take advantage after but also it could put clubs/agents off dealing with us and looking favourably on us when recommending where there players go if they have a choice….works both ways

    2. on making a profit by being mid table – I don’t see what is wrong with that. If we broke even last year, and now with an extra 25-30mil from the tv deal then surely buy continuing the current model he can make 25mil a year easily, do that over the best 8 years, have 200mil in his bank and then sell a stable mid table club, with no debt and make a good profit also.

    I’m not saying ashley will just take the 30mil out the club, but if we want to just sit mid table we can do that with a couple cheap players, some loan signings and still be quite safe in the league.

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  • Slank

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #30

    Jail @ 22

    No it’s economics. He might not know his football but he knows his money. Giving a player a new contract and more money is far cheaper than having to buy a replacement and cough-up agent fees.

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  • Belfast

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #31

    Funny thing is, I think if he played for chelsea for example he would go for big money.

    Psg and the likes think they can take the piss because we aren’t a man utd or chelsea imo

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #32

    slank

    not if you can get 20mil for that player, replace him with a guy who costs 2/3mil and half the wages

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #33

    Slank,
    I don’t think it’s about the money for him, he’s a top player and he obviously believes he’s good enought to play in the CL.

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  • 9

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #34

    Slank @9: Cbs going to PSG a “backward step”? Take more water with it, man.
    Aaran @23
    Cabs “easily worth £25M+” Please refer to comment to Slank, above. Players worth £25m attract bids of £25m, that’s what makes them worth £25 m. And players worth £25m+, easily, attract , “easily” bids over £25m. There is in, fact, a difference between your personal judgement of how good a player is, and the real world. I know, beyond doubt, Cabs is the one and only man who makes us tick. Does that make him worth more than other teams’ owners are prepared to offer? Is my personal opinion so mighty??

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  • Slank

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #35

    Belfast

    I think the PSG bid is an insult to Cabaye. I bet he doesn’t feel too chuffed having seen the fees paid for midfield players who are his equal and some who are very inferior to him.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 26, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #36

    Bills, I think its fair to re-evaulate on Cabaye. He’s a n excellent player, and if he was playing for a more exposed club than NUFC, his value would be far greater, but his ability the same.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 26, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #37

    USA geordie, good point. He will probably buy a striker though, if Cisse leaves. Its a real pity re Cisse , but he is very much a 442 player and needs service. A fantastic relaxed finisher, when in form.

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  • toonking

    Jan 26, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #38

    the thing that is making us feel so desperate to get a signing this January is down to what is likely to happen in the summer itself.

    in the summer what appears to be happening is shola will be leaving remy will not get much of an impression that it is worth remaining and cisse himself could be away.

    If a striker shortage is not bad enough we could see a few of our best players leave if cabaye for instance left wouldn’t debuchy do the same himself as it was cabaye who talke him into joining us. colocini could be wanting to go back to argentina know that Jonas is not expected to stay. This year will also have a world cup so the players will not feel as fit and their is no gurantee of ours returning injury free.

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jan 26, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #39

    To be honest, I prefer Sylvain Marveaux as a player in comparison with Cabaye. Marveaux is a more exciting player that should be utilised more when Cabaye leaves.

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  • Munster Mag

    Jan 26, 2014 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #40

    Kets, i wondered when you would spout that crap. Marv is a lazy bastard who couldnt tackle a fish supper. Not remotely good enough to replace Cabaye.

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