Cabaye move to Arsenal not guaranteed, says Newcastle boss Pardew

It is far from certain that Yohan Cabaye will get his move from Newcastle United to Arsenal, the Magpies’ manager Alan Pardew has said, despite the Daily Telegraph reporting that the France midfielder will not play for the club in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday evening.

Newcastle travel to League Two side Morecambe without Cabaye, although Pardew is said to have told the player he should be involved against Fulham in the Premier League on Saturday. It is not likely that he will be, however.

Cabaye has essentially gone on strike since Arsenal’s £10.2m bid was registered a week ago, missing Newcastle’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester City and the goalless draw with West Ham on Saturday. Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is thought to have told Arsenal to double their offer for Cabaye and while a renewed approach is expected, the newspaper claims the Gunners have also moved to other, more high-profile targets.

Pardew revealed that whatever happens with the Cabaye situation, he is hoping to sign two players before the close of the transfer window – but did say it was in the balance in Cabaye would be allowed to move to the Emirates Stadium. “I think it’s fairly evident, even before the Cabaye situation, that we need to bring at least one or two players in and that hasn’t changed,” Pardew said.

There are a few things that can happen,” he continued. “If you look at the positive side of things, we need to win on Saturday [against Fulham], we need to progress in the cup competition [against More¬cambe] and we need to bring in two players.

Now if Cabaye goes, and that’s 50-50 in my opinion, we need to replace him. That would be very unsettling for me and our fans. The bottom line with a world-class player is that it would have to be world-class money for us to let him go.

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