Alan Pardew has talked today and validated that a big club are coming in for Newcastle’s top player Yohan Cabaye, and Alan says it’s a wealthy powerful club – but it’s interesting he doesn’t mention Paris Saint Germain by name.
Alan Pardew – powerful club after Yohan Cabaye
This is what Alan said today:
“We know that we’ve got a club interested in Cabaye who are very wealthy and powerful. We’re conscious of that, but will be doing our best to protect Newcastle United.” (translation – we’ll sell him for as much as we can)
“In many ways, the Andy Carroll one had less mileage than this one. That came really out of the blue, we never quite expected it. We never expected to see the back of him.”
“This has got as much mileage, if not more, because of the size of the club and the finance that’s behind it.” “Am I confident of retaining Cabaye? No. I don’t think any team not in a Champions League position, or fighting for a Champions League position, would be any different.”
“We would need to bring someone in, for sure.” “But we’re going to need some time to do that. We’ve informed the club that are interested, and the agents that we’re very conscious of that.”
“We’re hoping to sign a player outside the Cabaye situation for the second half of the season, and are getting closer to that, on the positive side.”
So here we go again it seems, and if I was a betting man I’d say Newcastle were going to sell Cabaye in the next day or two – but that while Newcastle want to bring in a replacement for the Frenchman – that might not be easy.
And if that’s an accurate portrayal of the current situation – it’s not a good position for Newcastle to be in – and on the surface, it doesn’t seem much better than the position we were in after we sold Andy Carroll three years ago.
What’s that saying about if you don’t learn from your mistakes – history repeats itself?
What do you think?
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