Newcastle United have rejected a transfer bid of £14 million from Paris Saint-Germain for their French midfielder Yohan Cabaye, according to reports.
Per Graeme Bailey of Sky Sports, the French champions lodged a bid for the services of the former LOSC Lille man, but the North East club have rejected the offer as it falls well short of their £20 million valuation.
PSG boss Laurent Blanc is a known admirer of Cabaye, having given the Newcastle man his international debut during his tenure as France boss. He also made it clear in the window he is looking to shore up his midfield, and cited Cabaye along with AS Roma’s Miralem Pjanic as potential targets, per Sky Sports:
Cabaye and Pjanic are actually two of our targets, they are two players we want.
They are similar, they have the same profile of a very technical midfielder. There are two alternatives, there is no choice of number one or number two.
Now it seems the French giants have registered their interest in the form of an official bid, and it will be interesting to see how this story develops during the remainder of the transfer window.
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Cabaye has really blossomed as a player since his move to England from Lille back in 2011. He attracted interest from Arsenal during the summer, according to David Ornstein of BBC Sport, and subsequently refused to take to the field for Newcastle’s home game against West Ham after the club rejected their bid, per BBC Sport.
But he has been reintegrated into the first XI and as of late has revelled in a free role behind the lone striker. Given that added license to express himself, Cabaye has been Newcastle’s standout player this season, and that excellent form has manifested into interest from some of Europe’s most illustrious outfits.
Whilst Arsene Wenger previously ruled out going back in for the Newcastle man, per Simon Bird of the Mirror, reports suggest that David Moyes is considering an attempt to make Cabaye his second January signing after wrapping up a deal for Juan Mata, as reported by Jamie Jackson of The Guardian.
But PSG have moved first in an attempt to capture the signature of the French international, and one might suspect the lure of Paris, Champions League football and the riches that come part-and-parcel of a move to the French champions would certainly appeal to Cabaye. Not to mention the prospect of joining up with players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani.
Newcastle will surely do their utmost to keep Cabaye at the club, but earlier in the window Toon Army boss Alan Pardew admitted every player has his price, Cabaye included, per Sky Sports:
All the transfer windows as manager of Newcastle are nervy and I will be nervous until it closes.
Everybody is for sale at some price, but we're conscious that we have a good team and we will try to keep it together.
But if Cabaye does set off for pastures new, one has to wonder how much time Pardew will have to reinvest what promises to be a hefty transfer fee on bolstering his squad.
The window closes on Friday, Jan. 30. With PSG's interest registered and Manchester United snooping around, expect supporters of the Toon Army to be counting down the minutes until that deadline passes.