Cabaye wants to play for Arsenal

Arsenal have gone from one transfer saga to the other in recent weeks as the club continually find themselves linked with every unsettled player at a top club.

The Gunners have emerged as a potential new destination for Yohan Cabaye in the last week or two with the team eager to find another midfielder to help strengthen the side even further.

Having already had an initial £12m bid rejected by Newcastle last week, the French midfielder has shown his hand revealing that he wants to play for the former Premier League champions instead of The Toon.

Despite still being seen as a key player at St. James Park, Cabaye has refused to play for Newcastle so far this season as he seeks a move as soon as possible.

Having refused to play against West Ham over the weekend, it seems that Newcastle are resigned to losing the player and are reportedly open to negotiating a deal with interested clubs.

It’s thought that Arsenal are readying another bid for Cabaye in the near future which is being reported to be somewhere around the £15m mark.

Despite a slight willingness to talk about bids, Newcastle will certainly not want to let the midfielder leave cheaply and are looking to get as much as they can for the player.

Having signed Cabaye from Lille for £4.8m, the club are set to at least receive double what they played which will certainly help them find a replacement in the next week or so.

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has acknowledged that the club are prepared to make signings if need be after seeing that Cabaye wants away from St James Park. This was underlined in comments made to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle where the manager stated: “You can’t say he is definitely going to stay, so the mindset of the player is such, that we need to be on guard.”

Of course, Arsenal aren’t the only club interested in Cabaye as mega-rich PSG have also looked into the services of the Frenchman in the past few months.

With both clubs having ample spending money to use in the transfer market, Newcastle will hope that they could drive prices beyond the ludicrous mark like they did with Liverpool during the Andy Carroll transfer debacle.

Even if it doesn’t quite reach those levels, don’t be surprised to see the Cabaye situation become one of the most hotly contested transfer sagas approaching deadline day.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!