I mentioned this morning that one way to view the way Mike Ashley runs Newcastle United, is that he runs it like a bank – where the only important thing is money – cool cash.
Bank manager at Newcastle – Mike Ashley
And so when a top club like PSG comes in and offers what the owner wants for one of our very best players – Yohan Cabaye – Mike will sell.
And then once he’s got the money, the owner and Joe Kinnear, our Director of Football will do their level best to bring in a replacement in the few days that are left of the January transfer window – but Newcastle may not be successful in bringing a replacement in.
So would they not do the deal unless they get a replacement in before Saturday – no.
They will always take the money when it’s a big transfer deal for the club, and Alan Pardew will have to make do with what’s left come next Saturday.
Much like it was three years ago when we sold Andy Carroll on January 31st, 2011 – it could be deja vu – all over again.
This is what Alan Pardew has said in his press conference today – yes we play Norwich City tomorrow night in East Anglia:
“Yohan’s been very, very good.” “He’s preparing for the Norwich game. I expect him to play.” “The conversations about him 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.” “We’d need to bring in someone, for sure. “You can’t lose a player of that quality.”
Joe Kinnear – with Mike Ashley’s guidance – will be doing the negotiations to sell Cabaye to PSG, but the man who decides everything in the transfer market is owner Mike Ashley.
And it would be tragic if we sell Cabaye and cannot get a replacement in, and it seems Newcastle’s number one replacement for Cabaye would be 23 year-old Lyon’s Clement Grenier – who would cost around £10M – and he certainly looks a very good skillful player.
Here’s a report we had out earlier today on the Lyon midfielder.
Let’s hope if we do sell Yohan, that we can get Grenier through the door before 11:00 pm on Friday night.
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