Arsenal made an official attempt for him in the summer but Newcastle rejected it and tagged it derisory. The target, Yohan Cabaye in turn went on strike to try and force through a move while Arsenal refusing to be held to ransom turned their interests somewhere else and broke their transfer record to land German star Mesut Ozil.
Despite the change of trajectory with the arrival of Ozil, Cabaye to Arsenal rumours have refused to totally disappear but the Gunners aren’t the only interested party as the former Lille star also has French champions PSG as admirers.
Should both follow up their interests with another bid this winter window, he will spoilt for choice and will have to make a choice. His Newcastle teammate Massadio Haidara has urged him to opt for Arsenal if the case arises.
Speaking to French website Footmercato, he said ;
“He’s really a good person who works hard to be at this level. I am happy to play with such a player, he has the qualities to go to a bigger club than Newcastle yet.
“Whether PSG or Arsenal, two big clubs, but I personally find that Arsenal would be better for him. After all the decision is up to him, and now I am glad he is in Newcastle.”
Well said friendly foe. Cabaye has proven to be a very good player and one of the best midfielders in England. Despite the recent acquisition of Ozil, I am tempted to want to take Cabaye too. The diminutive Frenchman is a bundle of talents. He is a ball winner, great passer of the ball and a dead ball specialist.
I know his arrival could stymie Ramsey’s progress but it is worthy of note to also consider the fact that Arteta is already in his thirties and would soon need to be replaced and Cabaye is a younger version of the Spaniard. With reports claiming he could be available for as little as £6m, it will not be out of place if Wenger makes another move for him in the summer at that price. He is simply Wenger’s type of player – Frenchie, versatile, ball passer and will become cheap in the summer. If you are a putter and think Cabaye is likely to join Arsenal, you should keep your eyes on live Arsenal premier league betting odds.
Ideally, with his form, Newcastle won’t want to sell him on the cheap if they don’t make top four. Pardew had already hinted that it would take at least £22m to prise the Frenchman from St. James’ Park but recent reports that a FIFA regulation could enable Cabaye buy out part of his contract and leave for a knockdown fee of £6m in the summer won’t encourage the Magpies to want to hold on to him beyond this winter window and could make them eager to cash in.
Wenger would rather wait till the summer to get him on the cheap but if push gets to shove and Newcastle decide to sell this winter, Wenger, please go for him.