The summer transfer window was a tough period for Yohan Cabaye. Reports claimed the Frenchman was close to sealing a move to Arsenal in September, but the Gunners' loss could be Liverpool's gain in 2014.
An excerpt from Lustig's report reads:
The French international saw a proposed move to the Gunners fall through in the summer, but has since returned to his best form having been exiled from the first-team during the earlier stages of the season.
Liverpool and PSG are also monitoring Cabaye, 27, with the view to making moves in the new year.
After his place in Alan Pardew's squad became uncertain at the start of the campaign, Cabaye issued an apology to the Magpies' fans, per the Press Association (h/t Guardian).
Since then, the 27-year-old has carried himself with as much maturity as ever, seemingly committed to the Newcastle United cause and in a way only enamouring himself further with potential admirers.
In late November, Cabaye spoke to French radio station RTL (h/t Charles Perrin of the Express) and outlined his desire to play Champions League football, commenting:
I miss the Champions League. I'll finish this season with Newcastle and concentrate on the coming months and then we'll see.
I love to play in front of the defence, to have the whole game in front of me. To recover the ball and then put my team-mates into good positions.
Though the central midfielder talks about finishing the current campaign in the North East, matters could easily take a turn for the immediate, either through a club or player decision in the new year.
Squawka show just how prominent the passing technician has been going forward for his side this term:
Yohan Cabaye has attempted 23 shots in the EPL this season, no Newcastle player has attempted more.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 2, 2013
The central midfielder has scored three goals and created 20 chances for his side this season, per Squawka, impressing once again as a malleable midfield outlet capable of sitting in a deep-lying role or fulfilling a job further forward.
George Caulkin of the Times tweeted this image of Cabaye draped in a Liverpool jersey following his team's 2-2 draw with the Reds earlier this season. An omen, perhaps?
The Newcastle talisman is similar to Steven Gerrard in terms of versatility, but doesn't possess some of the same physical qualities as Anfield's 34-year-old captain.
By no means would Cabaye be a replacement for the ageing Liverpool star, but the French international would offer an extremely different approach to Lucas Leiva and a more probing alternative to Joe Allen.
Perrin's report mentions that an Arsenal bid of £10 million was seen as "derisory" by Pardew's side over the summer, meaning a fee closer to the £15 million mark could be required. However, even then, Cabaye's signature holds value.
The playmaker sticks out as a leading star among Newcastle's French-speaking cast, but strikes as having the potential to move on to the next level if he were to be surrounded by an even more talented ensemble.