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Litmus Test – Will Cabaye Play Against Norwich City?

9:08 am, Monday, January 27th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 42 Comments

PSG are expected to come straight back with another bid for Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle’s top central midfielder, although reports in France say the Paris club have not yet bid, and are expected to do that within the next 24 hours.

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Yohan Cabaye - moving to PSG?

But whether it’s the first or second bid, another bid is expected from PSG very soon.

The French club are the 5th richest club in football after having similar revenues to Newcastle 30 months ago, when they were bought in July of 2011 by the Qatar Investment Authority.

What a difference 30 months make, and PSG now have revenues of £326M compared to Newcastle’s £91.7M, and that’s due to a huge increase in their commercial revenue, and they almost doubled their revenues over the previous financial year. :(

PSG that is – not Newcastle.

So money for PSG is not a problem, although recent reports suggest that Mike Ashley wants £25M for Cabaye.

We should get some idea of how serious PSG’s attempt to sign Cabaye are by tomorrow night, when we see whether the Frenchman is included in the Newcastle team to play at Norwich City.

Last January, Demba Ba was suddenly left out of the team that lost 2-1 to Everton in the first game of last year, and he moved to Chelsea for £7M a couple of days after that game on January 2nd.

And we suppose the same thing could happen this month with Cabaye, and if he is left out of the side tomorrow, that brilliant two goal performance against West Ham could be his last game for Newcastle.

Yohan is one of our very best players but Newcastle these days just cannot hold onto their best players – who want Champions League football elsewhere – and we are reduced to trying to get the highest possible fee for them from the big clubs in Europe.

However, if we were to hazard a guess, we think Yohan will still be at Newcastle when we play Sunderland at home on Saturday.

What do you think?

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Tags: Newcastle News · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours · Yohan Cabaye

42 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bollance // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Lets hope so as we have not won without him in the league this season

  • 2 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Does Cabaye want to go to PSG
    Does he want a transfer.
    Has he put in a Transfer request
    Would he get a game every week if not could lose his place in the French squad
    Will have to earn more a lot to offset Tax in France.

    or is it all a load of sh*te to undermine Cabaye and the TOON when he is playing the best football of his career

  • 3 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    A lot of commercial deals these clubs like psg and man city now do involve companies their owners have an interest in, or shares in and it’s a bit of ‘you scratch my back, i’ll scratch yours’

  • 4 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    if he goes he goes, but make sure that we buy cabella or somebody else as soon as he leaves, don’t accept a psg bid for him in the last couple hours.

    either do it in time to buy a replacement of not at all

  • 5 bobby mango // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Don’t think he’ll go but if he does I think we can handle it a lot better than when Carroll left.

    For a start we have HBA on the bench, who could take that advanced role.
    Second, we’re in a comfortable league position
    Third, if we box clever we could get a player in the deal.

  • 6 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Then surely the club would just come out and say that rather than the advertising is there as an example?
    Sorry mate but don’t buy that at all

  • 7 kevymartins // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Crazy world Mata bearly kicked a football all season goes for what 37 million then there’s Cabaye playing amazing this season one the best CM in the League and there saying 25m….I would just tell PSG 27 million + Lavezzi or Cabaye is going nowhere….We are not in debt we don’t have to sell so wtf would you wan’t to go and sell for 25 m for when he is clearly worth more in todays market and it’s not like they don’t have the money.

  • 8 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:28 AM


    exactly, the lad has 2 more full seasons under contract with us, tell him he can sign a new deal or stay until 30mil comes in.

    PSG won’t want him in 2 years when he is 30, so he should be told he’s going nowhere unless for serious cash.

  • 9 Himanshu Dhingra // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:30 AM


    u said De jong expected on tyne side today. any development

  • 10 welshgeordie9 // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    I hope remy gets injured against norwich, if that’s what it takes to get players in.

  • 11 seancavaz // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    He can buy out his contract in the summer.
    Would he commit to a new contract?
    £70,000 over 2 years is £7.28m, therefore a nice signing on fee to buy out the contract an leave is for free.
    Does £14m really seem that bad an offer?
    If Yohan comes out today and says I’m staying then fine, until then maybe this is why the club are negotiating

  • 12 kevymartins // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    we need a very pacey winger if Cabaye is going then we mid aswell try get a deal in for Lavezzi or Lucas.

  • 13 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:31 AM


    I don’t know, not heard anymore since then. just waiting to see if my info was right or not now.

  • 14 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:33 AM


    that webster ruling never gets used though, so i really can’t see it happening.

  • 15 Mister Tuff // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Crux of the season coming up for Toon fans -forget about excitement of cups(already gone) or excitement of roaring up the table. Get focused for this week and the excitement of a loanee deal and probably a bargain basement/el cheapo/unproven youngster signing. This should keep you going for the remaining games until the summer- when the allure of that £60 million of TV dosh – the thought of it, the smell of it will make you dream of top class purchases for an assault on the league -cups and a CL placing.
    Dream on fellow Mags -manyana never comes.
    Having said that – Cabaye will stay, de Jong on loan, and an other (not Cabella) will come.

  • 16 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    We are under no pressure at all to sell Cabaye

    As I’ve stated before, I couldn’t give a monkeys if he went for £30 million or £30 quid the money won’t be reinvested at this stage of the window, a cheap replacement may possibly be bought in the summer but i think they will see Anita Cabaye and Sissoko and think nah we’ll be alright
    Let’s seem some intent ffs instead of all this “ah well were always vulnerable to bids from bigger clubs” offer the lad a bumper contract, get a couple of players in and show the fans and the players were actually trying to build something here rather than just be happy floating in and around mid table

  • 17 catchy in norway // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    it’s total stupidity buying players at the back end of the window, prices just go up,
    goes against his princables of buying cheap sell them high,

    if anything , I think only loan deals done now,

    big money deals going out though

  • 18 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Has anyone ever bought out there contract when talking about the figures involved? Highly doubt it

  • 19 martoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    TS & Kevy – I agree with your sentiments BUT you have to allow for what Cabaye wants. If he wanted to go then what would be the point of forcing him to stay with half hearted performances I would be happy (not happy but satisfied) with a £20m plus offer as long as we used the money to buy others – but who knows what this regime would do?

  • 20 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Wouldn’t sweat it to much, he could be there ready to put pen on paper and still have the transfer not go through!

  • 21 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    according to wiki on the webster ruling our own jonas gutierez used it to join us

  • 22 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    It’s a WC year, I doubt he wants to go anywhere this window, if he wanted to go I’d imagine we’d have a repeat of the summer

  • 23 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Didn’t we end up paying a huge compensation sum for jonas?

  • 24 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:41 AM


    it’s not ideal but sometimes you have to be firm and say you can either play your heart out for us or sit in the reserves until you are 30 unless the 30mil off comes in.

  • 25 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:41 AM


    they wanted 13mil for it but it was settled at 5mil

  • 26 toonarmydownsouth // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    So it’s not a clear cut ruling? Seems like a big risk for the player

  • 27 Himanshu Dhingra // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Isn’t there a fine or penalty on the club that the player joins that they can’t operate in the Window next.

  • 28 lesh // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Repost re FFP etc

    Skank (and Sage?)

    Although SD is listed, don’t forget that MA’ the majority shareholder and will hold some sway over its activities.

    Now and as you know, NUFC is wholly owned by MA and if NUFC were to have offered SD advertising at no cost, then SD, like any other business, would gladly accept such an offer. That’s all above board and won’t break any rules I presume.

    Yes, I was aware that Chelski’s publicly trying to demonstrate compliance with FFP – could it be that Abramovich haw decided to do an Ashley and decided that he won’t inject any more cash into the club. Maybe he’s getting near to his last few pennies and can’t or won’t invest any more. Or, more likely is he starting to play politics over the issue ? I can’t see him doing that as the UAE big players’d just laugh at it.

    As I suggested, how much leeway have FIFA and EUFA agreed to give the likes of Emirate and Ethiad Aiirways as a sop for the UAE agreeing to accomodating a possible rescheduling of the World Cup and guaranteeing a flawless delivery?

    Just me thinking out loud and no sleight whatsoever intended – I’m well aware that things are run without any deviation from business ethics!

    Bless ‘em!

  • 29 SuperShearer // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    More and more you’re seeing clubs hold out for big money for their best players. If Ashley allows Cabaye to leave for anything less than £20 mil then he’s shooting himself, AP, the club and us in the foot. Demand £20 mil plus add-ons, or a player they’re not using, and see what happens. Cabs knows that if he doesn’t move this window he’s the main man here, pulling the strings and therefore showing what he can do to other suitors AND Deschamp.

  • 30 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:48 AM


    no, it’s ok to sign these players but with it being relatively uncommon there is often legal challenges to cases and it can take a lot of time to resolve.

    Not sure how things would work, PSG would need to give cabaye the money first, sure he wont have a spare 6mil in the bank, so surely they could be in trouble for that?

  • 31 Himanshu Dhingra // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Himanshu Dhingra ?@HD_07 35m
    @mattspiro Reports there was a bid of 14 Mill for Cabaye. what do you think is his ideal fee. PSG paid 35 million for 2 19 year old players

    Matt Spiro ?@mattspiro 10m
    @HD_07 I’m sure they’ll pay significantly more

  • 32 Goodfella // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    I wonder which rock JFK is curled up under this week, because i know he wont be coming and giving the statement “i repeat none of our top players will leave this window”.

    If MA really wanted to unite the fans and club now is the time.

  • 33 catchy in norway // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    it’s all ifs and buts

    there just forcing the expectations down until we go, please SIR can we have more

    all 3 of them are just pissing in our faces

  • 34 wolfshead@toon // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    i dont care any more im a plastic fan im following chelsea cos of the link tween jose and sbr under bumble its a case of can the last fan to leave please turn out the lights (its mon morning i might be overreacting) cmon the blues haha

  • 35 anthc // Jan 27, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Should be selling the champions league to cabaye with us for him to stay as with 3-4 players we would be capable of challenging. Would make a good carlsberg advert… think he’ll be gone but other than playing cl with psg he’ll be playing in an inferior monopolised league which has been spoilt by money. Money is ruining this game.

  • 36 Himanshu Dhingra // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    i am supporting spurs because they are like what I want newcastle to be. ;)

  • 37 catchy in norway // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:01 AM


    why pick a team, esp an English team?

    just watch a Spanish or dare I say a real French team

    I could never pick another English team

    anyway , Norwich tomorrow , then the big one , anyone else think we are in for another derby defeat ?


  • 38 Whumpie // Jan 27, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Can’t see Cabs going this week. Just to big a risk to his WC hopes. Here he is king, 1st on the sheet and paying his heart out for us. Everything on track for Brazil.
    Why change it now with just a few months to go?

  • 39 Rotonda heights // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:09 AM


    probably triple his wages

  • 40 Whumpie // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Still not worth it. triple wages for 5 months against the risk of compromising a situation that looks like making him one of the hottest properties in the world game at the Peak of his career? It would be a daft decision.
    If he goes it will be a Carroll scenario – huge offer and Ashley’s chopper.
    Ooer knyuk etc. :)

  • 41 Abdhammed // Jan 27, 2014 at 11:28 AM


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