Transfer Focus: Yohan Cabaye
Transfer Focus looks at Yohan Cabaye as the Newcastle midfielder is linked with a January move.
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Newcastle will be doing their best to keep hold of Yohan Cabaye during the remainder of the January transfer window but could he be tempted away?
Cabaye wasn't far away from ending up at Arsenal in September and recent reports have French Ligue 1 leaders PSG as the side most likely to swoop for the midfielder.
Plenty of Arsenal's Premier League rivals could also enter the hunt so will a deal happen?
Transfer Focus investigates...
Who Wants Him?
PSG (11/8 to sign Cabaye in January with Sky Bet): PSG lead the race to sign Cabaye after coach Laurent Blanc admitted his admiration for the midfielder. The switch would tick quite a few boxes with the French giants on the hunt for a new midfielder and having the funds to make a megabucks offer. They were as short as 2/1 with Sky Bet earlier in the week to seal the deal and now looks a good time to get involved with the 11/8 about the move happening.
Manchester United (8/1): We all know Juan Mata is the main man United are targeting at the moment but is there space for two new arrivals? Cabaye would add quality to a midfield sadly lacking class and a big-money offer could persuade Newcastle to sell. It will be worth watching in the last week of the transfer window to see if any interest comes from Old Trafford.
Arsenal (16/1): The Gunners were in for Cabaye during the summer transfer window but ended up with Mesut Ozil on deadline day. Certainly not a bad bit of business from Arsene Wenger and he looks to have enough midfield options at his disposal. This isn't the time to expect a bid from Arsenal.
Liverpool (16/1): The Reds are looking to add to their squad to bolster Premier League title and top-four ambitions but Cabaye isn't a player you should expect to arrive at Anfield. Steven Gerrard, Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho fill the midfield roles for Brendan Rodgers' side and have done a fine job in doing so this season. Signing a defender and winger is the priority.
Monaco (16/1): The Ligue 1 moneybags clearly have the cash to finance a deal but an injury to Radamel Falcao could change their plans. The striker picked up a worrying knee injury in midweek and that may force Claudio Ranieri to add another forward to his squad. It could be of interest though to beat PSG to the punch on a move for Cabaye so don't entirely rule out some late interest.
Also available with Sky Bet: Tottenham (20/1), Chelsea (33/1).
Sky Bet's Andy Lee says: "Speculation over his future has not been as popular as the summer, when he reached a high of about 15/8 across various bookmakers to stay at Newcastle when it became apparent Arsenal had submitted a bid for him.
"Arsenal don't look like a good bet in this book anymore, there hasn't been any significant interest and a price on him moving to the Gunners is now 16/1- which is in fact a drift on his opening price of 12/1.
"The main speculation these days is that he may move back to France and play for PSG, or move to Manchester United - with PSG shortening from 2/1 to 11/8 over the last three months.
"Although United have also been cut from 16/1 to 8/1 to secure his services, it doesn't look like we'll see any more interest in this move as talk of Juan Mata signing for them increases.
"A dark horse in this market would be Liverpool, currently 16/1 to sign Cabaye. Mata's potential move could be a catalyst for a merry-go-round of midfielders across England's big clubs, especially if Jose Mourinho were to hijack Liverpool's interest in FC Basel star Mohamed Salah.
"If you'd prefer a 50-50 price, we're also first up with a Yohan Cabaye to stay or go market - he is 8/13 to stay at Newcastle and 6/5 to leave during this window."
This season: 22 games, seven goals - Cabaye has an impressive seven goals from his 22 matches so far this season and netted twice in the weekend's 3-1 victory at West Ham.
Last season: 39 games, six goals - Cabaye already has more goals this term than he managed last season. He was more prolific with bookings as 13 yellow cards were picked up over the course of the campaign.
International record: 26 games, two goals - Cabaye was selected by France manager Laurent Blanc - now in charge of PSG - for his France debut against Norway in August 2010. The midfielder featured at Euro 2012 and helped secure qualification for the 2014 World Cup with victory over Ukraine in a memorable play-off.
Cabaye started playing for his hometown club Tourcoing FC before beginning his professional career.
Cabaye appeared as a substitute in Lille's 1-0 defeat at home to Manchester United in the Champions League in November 2007.
Cabaye was a key figure for Lille as they won the Ligue 1 and Coupe de France double in the 2010/11 season, leaving at the end of the campaign for Newcastle.
Cabaye started for France in the 1-1 draw against England at Euro 2012.
What Cabaye Says
January 2014: "For me to go to Paris or another club, there is nothing. I just want to be focussed on the next game. Nothing is happening for me. When you know what you want, it is easier. There is every time speculation about the transfer, even in January, so it's hard for the player, the club and the fans, for everybody. It is not a good period for everybody. We just have to stay away from that speculation and stay focused on our job, and my job especially." BBC Radio Newcastle
June 2013: "Monaco have the means to build a strong team. It might interest everyone." The Sun
What Others Say
January 2014, PSG boss Laurent Blanc: "It would be good to recruit a player in the heart of the game, and have an extra player in midfield. We need a player who has the same mentality as the others when they are on playing or on the bench. He must love to play. He must be technically good and be tough, and whether this player comes or does not come, there will be competition in all positions." When asked specifically about Cabaye, he refused to comment on claims that a deal was close but said: "I ask myself. I know the man [Cabaye]. He has that character, but there are others. We are very happy with this team but with all competitions in which we are engaged, we must be aware that there will be issues and we already see that with Adrien Rabiot." Canal+
January 2014, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "I don't really want to talk about it (Cabaye's future). I think that's a bit unfair after a game like this one (3-1 win over West Ham). He's a class player, it's obvious, and he's had a great day for us, but I thought everybody played well in my team."
December 2013, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "I am pretty confident that my owner and the club are in a great financial position. I would be a lot more nervous if we weren't. He's a great player, there are always going to be big clubs sniffing around him. We are fortunate to have him, we are enjoying him while he is here and long may that continue."
Daily Mail, January 20 - Reports in France claim Paris Saint-Germain are on the verge of signing Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye for a fee of £23m.
Daily Mirror, January 10 - Yohan Cabaye may quit Newcastle for as little as £6million in the summer - and the club are taking a big financial risk by keeping him for the remainder of the season.
The Sun, January 2 - Yohan Cabaye will only move to Paris Saint-Germain if the French club can offload players in the January transfer window..
Daily Mirror, December 30 - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out a swoop for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye in January.
Daily Mail, December 28 - Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has issued another firm hands-off warning to Arsenal and Paris St Germain as he fights to keep France midfielder Yohan Cabaye from their clutches.
Get French Football, January 19 (@GFN_France) - Canal +: They claim that Newcastle will agree to sell Yohan Cabaye for €26m to PSG if they can agree to sign Remy Cabella from Montpellier.
Premier League, January 19 (@premierleague) - West Ham 1-3 Newcastle: Yohan Cabaye has scored 4 goals in his last 4 #BPL appearances away from home
OptaJean, December 28 (@OptaJean) - 9 - Yohan Cabaye is the French player with the most goals from outside the box in the major Euro leagues since 2011/12. Shoot.
You would have to consider PSG worthy 11/8 favourites with Sky Bet and it would be no surprise if a deal is completed by the end of this transfer window. Laurent Blanc is searching for a new midfielder and Cabaye looks just the man to boost his squad. Late Premier League interest could arrive but a return to France is more likely.
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