No option but to sell Cabaye say Newcastle officials

Officials at Newcastle United have revealed to fans that they were left with no option but to sell French playmaker Yohan Cabaye in January as the player pushed for a transfer, report Sky Sports.

Club directors Lee Charnley and John Irwin faced questions on Monday from various fan groups, with the club’s January business one of the topics to be discussed, in particular the decision to sell the clubs star midfielder without any replacement in the offing.

When questioned why the club simply didn’t block any transfer for the player, as they did the previous transfer window, the minutes of Mondays meeting read: “The board repeated that the player was adamant he wanted to leave.

“The board also explained that the player could not be sure the opportunity to join PSG would be available at a later date and he therefore wanted to take it.

“The club’s preference was to keep the player and for him to remain at the club long term.”

However representatives did claim measures were made to try and fill the void left when Cabaye sealed his desired move to French giants Paris Saint Germain.

A ‘substantial bid’ was tabled for one of their top targets – believed to be Lyon’s playmaker Clement Grenier, although any transfer failed to materialise.

Minutes of the meeting continued to read: “The club made a substantial bid for a replacement but an agreement could not be reached with the prospective selling club. The club also pursued other options but particular clubs were unwilling to sell.

“The board explained that the January window is disruptive for clubs and that there are far more options available to it in the summer window.”

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