Cabaye to be fined by Newcastle after refusing to play
Yohan Cabaye will be disciplined by Newcastle after refusing to play for the club in their Premier League meeting with West Ham, the Daily Telegraph has reported, as Cabaye attempts to force the Magpies into agreeing to sell him to Arsenal for a fee below their £20m valuation.
The newspaper adds that Cabaye has effectively gone on strike - but it is not a tactic likely to find favour with the club’s owner, Mike Ashley, who told Arsenal to come back with a bid roughly double the £10.2m they initially offered for the midfielder.
Cabaye however has three years on his contract, according to the Telegraph, so Newcastle are not under any pressure to sell, and with the World Cup to come next season Cabaye needs to be playing regularly to guarantee his place in the France squad. But if Arsenal do not match Newcastle’s valuation - and he insists on not playing for Alan Pardew - Cabaye would be left in limbo.
“If Arsenal want to sign the player they’re going to need to sign him soon because at some point we’re just going to say no,” Pardew said. “That’s a position we’ll get to in a couple of days unless something gets resolved.”
Newcastle’s match with West Ham ended in a goalless draw with the Tyneside club still seeking their first win of the new season. Pardew said after the game that he expected to add attacking players to his squad before the close of the transfer window: “In the offensive areas of the pitch you could see we needed a little bit more. We need more options.”
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