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PSG to Meet With Newcastle – Submit New £20M Cabaye Bid

1:52 pm, Monday, January 27th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 44 Comments

There is a report in the Le Parisien today that PSG will follow up their initial bid of £14M with a second bid of £20M, as they move in to attempt to complete the deal for French International midfielder  Yohan Cabaye.

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Yohan Cabaye – PSG to bid £20M

And news that the PSG Director of Football Olivier Letang is travelling to Newcastle for negotiations, as he tries to compete the deal for Yohan Cabaye, and will be meeting with Newcastle officials – Joe Kinnear in particular – and maybe even with the player himself.

And in the Le Parisien poll on who the fans would like to see at PSG – with over 23000 votes in, 64% want Yohan Cabaye compared to only 35% wanting Roma’s Miralem Pjanic.

If the news on PSG officials travelling to Newcastle is accurate, that’s not good, because they wouldn’t even make the trip if they didn’t think they could finalize the deal, so we have to think their proposed £20M bid is getting very close to what Newcastle and Mike Ashley will accept.

And there was news this morning in the English press, that £25M was the fee Mike Ashley wanted for the French midfielder, so if PSG are willing to bid £20M in their second attempt –  a deal could be made somewhere between that and the £25M Newcastle want.

We should look for Cabaye being withdrawn from the squad for tomorrow night’s game at Norwich City – if this news from Paris is true.

And if the deal does go through this week, it will be interesting to see what Newcastle do with the money they get for the 28 year-old – if anything.

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


44 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Unbelievable Tekkers // Jan 27, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Going to be gutted if we dont get at least 25mil

  • 2 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Well we seem to be making alot of trips with any fruit from our labour ;)

  • 3 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 1:58 PM


  • 4 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    if they want him they will pay and get him, they don’t care about costs

  • 5 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:01 PM


    don’t say that, JFK is having the time of his life travelling europe

  • 6 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:01 PM


  • 7 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    TS….with all expenses paid ;)

    …do you think he brings the missus? lol

  • 8 nufc_eire // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Get French Football ?@GFN_France 1m
    Alan Pardew: ‘#PSG are wealthy club & powerful. We’re mindful of that but we’re trying to protect #Newcastle. Cabaye’s worth more than £14m’

  • 9 hatem786 // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    Pardew admits he cannot offer Cabaye guarantees as PSG strengthen their interest

  • 10 G // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    To be honest, £20M for a 28 year old, with under 2 years on his contract still isn’t a bad bit of business is it? Yeah, I would want north of £25M, but assuming we have lined up a suitable replacement for less than the £20M on offer, it should be considered. Much as I would prefer Cabaye to stay, modern football dictates that money talks, and players walk.

  • 11 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    AP: *The force is strong with this lad…but he’ll have to be mindful of the dark side!

    “…Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.”

  • 12 Ancientcoptic // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    At least we know Mike Ashley will push for a good price, that side of him can be trusted.

    I am all for Cabaye being sold now instead of the summer, we need to get used to playing without him; it would be best to start doing that now. We have Chelsea and Tottenham in our upcoming fixtures – this season is in theory already over in terms of challenging for anything anyway.

    Playing Cabaye until the summer would be the definition of “flogging a dead horse.”

  • 13 hatem786 // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Newcastle are also working on other potential incomings, and Pardew insists an arrival not related to the Cabaye situation is close.

    “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,” he said.

  • 14 Rainrix // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    If we’re going to sell him then fine but someone please tell the higher ups to make it snappy. We don’t want to be left in the lurch like we were with carroll. Given the current track record i’d be surprised if we could manage to get a replacement.

  • 15 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:07 PM


    now that’s too far, i don’t mind my money paying for JFK to have a good time but the mrs too….now i really don’t like ashley haha.


    Interesting to read….for me it’s the same as any club and player, if a price is reached the club are happy to accept he will go. Minimum 20mil has to be on the cards really though.

    I’d tell them to stuff it unless 35 as a key man for us, hard for us to replace but if they have 3 signings lined up for that 20mil then who am I to complain.

  • 16 hatem786 // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    pardew said: “We would need to bring someone in, for sure,” he said. “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.”

  • 17 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:09 PM


    but if we kept cabaye and brought in 1 or 2 it’s not mad to say we could push on for a champions league spot…not favourites, but push for it.

  • 18 Oleg G // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    He’ll be worth more in 8 months. Don’t sell him unless it is 30M-35M

    Not worth the lose of the player right now in the middle of the season.

  • 19 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    it’s definitely worth seeing is he has a good world cup to boost his profile.

  • 20 wynsleap // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    Tell PSG they can have Cabaye for £25m but ONLY if we can tie up De Jong and Grenier (or Cabella) first.
    Knowing us this won’t happen because Ashley’s eyes will be lighting up like Blackpool illuminations as soon as the price is agreed to his liking.
    More money to pay off our debt to Ashley, the debt that strangely never seems to go down.

  • 21 hatem786 // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    yeah but he can also buy out his contract for 8 mill in the summer…

  • 22 Spoof // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Cabaye decided to stay until the summer, looking at PSG’s squad he may not be assured of a starting place, would he be prepared to risk his place in the French side, as yet nothing is certain, and with Ashley being as he is, a very poor negotiator if he has put a value of £30m possibly even more, then he will not accept a penny less, bearing in mind Man U have just paid £37m for a Chelsea reserve, a good reserve but he isn’t as good as Cabaye then this £20m figure may well be way too low for Ashley.

  • 23 MAUTITOON // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    what impact will the cabaye transfer have on DEBUCHY.He came to newcastle united because of CABAYE i guess.wouldn’t that leave him unsettled?

  • 24 jayphoto // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Reckon he’ll go for 22m! 24m at absolute most ! Good price and a good player! All depends on who comes in to replace him rather than how much we get to see if this is a good deal!
    Could get 100m for hik but itd be a bad deal for the club if its not used to strengthen

  • 25 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:14 PM


    no he can’t…there have been plenty who tried this and end up paying a much higher compensation fee. It’s not as simple as the rules say.

  • 26 JARRAMAG // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Another win win for Ashley.Does anyone think any money will be spent in this window because with Cabaye gone Ben Arfa will be able to slot in behind the striker(he will be like a new signing).I have a season ticket but send my son to the matches because i cannot see any reason to go and just survive in this league-when dreams are shattered by the club officials regarding cups then i see no point in going to support NUFC.My first match was 1965 and i give in Ashley you have won i just wish another 40000 would give up their season tickets as i am going to do after this season.My heart is broken

  • 27 Spoof // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:18 PM


    most premier league clubs have a clause put into the contracts to avoid that from happening, the webster ruling very rarely happens to big clubs.

  • 28 hatem786 // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Transfer Sage

  • 29 Rainrix // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    MAUTITOON…. I don’t think it’ll effect debuchy too much tbh. He didn’t leave Lille solely just to be with cabaye, he’s stated he wanted a new challenge seeing as Lille was the only team he’d played for. Maybe if he was still struggling with the EPL as he was at the start of the season he’d fancy a move back to france, but he’s playing the best football of his career at the minute.

    He’ll probably be a little upset but not enough to warrant leaving newcastle

  • 30 jayphoto // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Still got a feeling Cabaye will go to Man Utd and got a bigger feeling he’d choose there over PSG!
    Apparantly we’re waiting to hear back from Aulas over Grenier?! Hes as much fun for french press as Nicollin at Montpellier

  • 31 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    if it’s that easy why did van persie not do it instaad of letting man utd pay 24mil for him?

    it’s obviously very difficult to do, and there to be challenged by clubs.

  • 32 Bambams // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    I would expect £20+ million will get him, i would also not be surprised if £30+ million would get both Cab and Debuchy.

    My only concern….We will have no time to sign replacements ! Same old story with Ash at the helm

  • 33 Transfer Sage // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:23 PM


    jonas did it before joining us, we ended up having to pay his club 5mil, more than his contract

    jesper posted an article on previous story with another example where a club ended up pay nearly 5 times the remaining wages…it’s simply not that easy.

  • 34 The next Mike Williamson // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    I’ve heard that each place you finish in the league is worth £2m in prizes this season. If we lose Cabaye and don’t replace we could drop 3-4 places which would cost us £6-8m

    MA will know this and will probably want a replacement. Maybe we could loan one of PSGs guys or take a few of their youths. I’d buy Ince on the cheap. Sort Cabella for next year and loan in a midfielder hungry for the world cup.

    Pardew will be already writing his excuses for the derby

  • 35 The next Mike Williamson // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    I’d alsoo sell Cisse and bring in Fingbosson & Jong on loan

  • 36 Finnbad The Sailor // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Should definitely keep him until after the summers world cup like. Our seasons not over yet hate that stupid line people come out with.

    We still have games to play and are more likely to win them with Cabaye in our side.

    Why can’t we just do like Montpellier. We know hhe’ll leave in the summer but until then no sale.

    And I agree with most that a replacement should be brought in if coming from a foreign league to have the time to adjust to the league.

    Not confident on any of the above. He’s been good for the club though.

  • 37 cjtoon // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:26 PM


    Mata is a much better player imo the best player in the league last season. Stats for goals and assists were insane! and the amount of games he played in the whole season – i doubt cabaye could manage that tbh. He seems to struggle with “fatigue” or have it used as an excuse for poor form.


    Good point RE: Debuchy been very good this season. PSG were linked earlier this season werent they. Maybe the double deal is back on the cards!? Maybe thats why pards has been trying santon at right back a few times so we have a possible replacement with haidara slotting in at LB. I must admit tavernier has been really impressive on loan at rotherham, still think he could become a really solid premier league right back. I know everyone will hump on me about that comment though. Im not saying he could slot in next season.

    Personally £20mil+ for cabaye is good business he is most definitely replaceable. £25mil or more would be great business imo. CM is our strongest area Sissoko, Cabaye, Anita, Tiote, Bigi, Gosling? We wouldnt need to rush a replacement although that would be preferrable.

  • 38 hatem786 // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    pardew said:
    “Yohan’s been very, very good,” said United manager Alan Pardew today.

    “He’s preparing for the Norwich game. I expect him to play.”

    PSG are expected to raise their offer for Cabaye, 28, in the next 48 hours, and Pardew is adamant that if he leaves, it will be on Newcastle’s terms.

    “We know the club interested in Yohan is a wealthy club,” he said. “We’re conscious of that, and we’re doing our best to protect Newcastle.

    “The conversations are going on above me. My job is to get the best out of him.

    “He has a great role at this football club. The team is centered around him.

    “He’s an important cog in our system. If you take him out of the team, it makes us vulnerable.

    “We’ve got to protect ourselves going forward. That’s the situation at the moment.”

    Asked about the need to replace Cabaye before Friday night’s transfer deadline should the France international leave, Pardew said: “We’d need to bring in someone, for sure.

    “You can’t lose a player of that quality.

  • 39 MAUTITOON // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Thanks RAINRIX.

  • 40 ToonMatt // Jan 27, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    He’s as good as gone, I have never felt so down supporting this club and I prey for the day Mike Ashley sells up and goes, I despise him with a passion.

  • 41 lennythelion // Jan 27, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Jarramag you are not alone!!! , this 70 year old has just cancelled his season ticket after 60 year supporting home and away games. We will achieve nothing while this man Ashley owns our club.

  • 42 JP...from The Rock // Jan 27, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    I would sell Cabaye for £20M with an International Appearances Clause inserted. If he gets 10 more Caps for France (with a WC coming up) then we get an extra £10M. A Take it or leave it offer. That is if we have a suitable replacement lined up, if not they can fcuk off and buy someone else.

  • 43 jimBOB // Jan 27, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    I have a really bad feeling that come Saturday, Pardew will be saying ‘ there were just that few we couldnt quite get OVER THE LINE’


    Cabaye – Out
    No-one – In
    MA – 23 MILL UP.

  • 44 geordiemark // Jan 28, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    its bye bye cabaye, I still wont rule out krul going as well we want de jong and they want krul so can see a swap deal there so at the end of this season good old mike Ashley will have made a cool 60 million plus the transfer of cabaye and maybe krul as well and bring in de jong

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