Laurent Blanc believes Yohan Cabaye has the "character" to become a Paris Saint-Germain player, intensifying reports Newcastle United could soon receive a bid from the Ligue 1 champions.
As reported by Canal+ via Sky Sports, Blanc is looking for a player who is "technically good" and "tough" in midfield after Adrien Rabiot was ruled out for the next few months with a serious knee injury.
When asked specifically about Cabaye, the former France coach hinted the Premier League star is in his thinking:
I ask myself. I know the man (Cabaye).
He has that character, but there are others. We are very happy with this team but with all competitions in which we are engaged, we must be aware that there will be issues and we already see that with Adrien Rabiot.
Cabaye would undoubtedly fit in at the Parc des Princes, and with seven years worth of Ligue 1 experience under his belt at Lille, the 28-year-old is more than used to competing in his homeland.
Blanc's hunt for a new midfielder will certainly have Alan Pardew worried. The Magpies boss recently admitted he is "nervous" about the current transfer window because "everybody is for sale at some price," per an alternate Sky Sports report.
His valuable midfielder is currently enjoying his best run of form in England. Cabaye has responded excellently to the boos of his home fans, many of whom were disappointed by his refusal to play after a summer move to Arsenal was blocked, per David Kent of the Daily Mail.
The Frenchman has scored seven goals and provided two assists in 19 Premier League appearances this campaign, per WhoScored.com, including an important brace during Newcastle's recent 3-1 win over West Ham.
He is a creative type, but also someone who doesn't mind doing the dirty work in midfield. Cabaye's vision, finishing ability from long range and willingness to offer a defensive shift make him an extremely attractive prospect.
One huge bonus for Blanc is that Cabaye can also play in this season's Champions League, providing PSG with cover for all competitions.
The player stated he is "happy" at St. James' Park amidst PSG's reported interest, per Alex Young of Goal.com:
My mentality hasn't changed, even after what happened in the summer. I will do my best for the team every day.
If the manager or the staff are happy with my performances, and the fans who are supporting me are happy, I am happy.
Canal+ previously reported the two clubs have agreed to a £21 million fee for Cabaye, per Ashley Clements of the Daily Mail, but the move will only go ahead if Pardew can bring in Montpellier's Remy Cabella as a replacement.
Cabaye's future appears to hang in doubt, but until an elite club makes a concrete offer for his services, the talented Frenchman will remain an integral part of Newcastle's quest for Europa League football next season.