Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has stated his is unsure and “not confident” that the club can keep hold of midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
French Ligue 1 Champions Paris Saint Germain had a submitte offer rejected by the Magpies last week, but it appears they will match Newcastle’s valuation of £23 million.
Pardew stated in his pre match interview ahead of Tuesday’s game against Norwich City….
‘We know that we’ve got a club interested in Cabaye who are very wealthy and powerful.
We’re conscious of that, but will be doing our best to protect Newcastle United.
‘Am I confident (of keeping Cabaye)? No. I don’t think any team not in a Champions League position, or fighting for a Champions League position, would be different.’
The oil rich French side have had a keen interest in Cabaye for a long time, and Manager Laurent Blanc wants to bring Cabaye to the French capital, to strengthen an already formidable sqad.
Backed by wealthy investors, a huge bid for the midfielder maybe to good to turn down.
Cabaye scored twice in last Saturday’s 3-1 win away at Upton Park, spearheading his side to an impressive victory, and a move to a bigger club may just be around the corner.
Howevera replacement would have to be found insists Pardew, before Cabaye can head back to France.
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.’
Cabaye has recently attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as rich French principality club AS Monaco.
Newcastle face losing another big name for a hefty fee, in the space of three years, as Andrew Carroll joined Liverpool for £35 million on Deadline day in 2011, with Pardew mulling over weather to stick or twist, in yet another enticing deal.
By Ben Reardon