Pardew discontent as Cabaye transfer saga goes public

Newcastle have caught the eye of many observers since they returned to the Premier League bringing in several strong players that have impressed in the Premier League.

Out of all these players, French playmaker Yohan Cabaye has perhaps drew the most plaudits being one of the creative outlets in The Magpies arsenal.

But Cabaye’s form has caught the eye of several top European clubs including reigning Ligue 1 champions PSG who are known for spending big in the last couple of years.

PSG’s interest first came about last week where the club’s new manager Laurent Blanc admitted that he was impressed with the players skills quoting that “an interesting player’ who ‘offers a lot of options in different positions.”

Blanc’s comments though have not been warmly welcomed by Newcastle though as manager Alan Pardew has expressed his displeasure at the Frenchman’s comments. This was underlined in comments made to the Daily Mail where Pardew said that” ‘I think the way it’s come out isn’t perhaps respectful to Yohan. That’s something I want to talk to him about.”

At the moment, there haven’t been any bids for Cabaye who has been thought to be an integral part of the set-up at St JamesPark.

Cabaye’s value is thought to be worth around £20m which is nearly 4 times more than the £4.5m that Newcastle spent when they signed him from Lille in 2011.

Since then, the Frenchman has notched up 60 appearances for Newcastle in the last 2 seasons scoring 10 goals in that time.

Alongside that, Cabaye is also one of the main pieces in the new look France international squad having notched up 23 appearances for his country but only scoring just 1 goal.

All these aspects have made the Frenchman a prime target for many of Europe’s best clubs and the player could be lured away to a side promising Champions League football.

Alongside that, it’s been reported that Cabaye has been upset by comments made by new sporting director Joe Kinnear who mistakenly described the player as “Yohan Kebab”.

It’s these sorts of mistakes that could very well make the difference between whether Cabaye would consider a move to a side such as PSG.

But Newcastle are not going to let Cabaye go without a fight and PSG will certainly need to make any transfer enquiries private should they want to lure the midfielder back to France.

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