Arsenal quoted £22m by Newcastle for midfielder Cabaye
Thursday 26 December 2013
Arsenal have been told by Newcastle United that if they want to sign midfielder Yohan Cabaye in January, they must pay at least £22m, according to the Daily Mail.
Cabaye was the target of a bid of around £10m made by Arsenal in the summer, which was rejected. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is looking to add more creativity to his midfield, but Ligue 1 leaders Paris St. Germain are also thought to be in the running to sign the 27-year-old.
As a result of that bid back in August, Cabaye was initially unwilling to play for Newcastle again, but was soon reintegrated into the team, and he has continued to be an important player for the Magpies, whom he joined from Lille in the summer of 2011. His goal at Crystal Palace on Saturday took his tally for the Tynside club to 15 goals in 88 appearances.
Newcastle are reluctant to sell Cabaye, and manager Alan Pardew believes he can fulfil his ambitions at St. James’ Park. He said: 'I don’t fear losing Yohan. What I know is that he is a fantastic footballer, and I think he’s improving.
'He’s in an environment where he has got pole position in my team. That’s nice for a player like him. You don’t always get that. You can get lost at other clubs.'
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