Reports emerged over the weekend that the midfielder had refused to play against Everton. The player was left out against Manchester City following Arsenal’s £10 million bid but was set to feature against the Hammers before his refusal.
Pardew admitted Arsenal’s interest had affected Cabaye, leaving the players head ‘turned’. Arsene Wenger insisted that Cabaye’s absence from the Newcastle squad was not down to a second bid from Arsenal.
Magpies boss, Pardew, is still hoping to keep hold of the midfielder but the French international’s refusal to play could give him no alternative but to sell. Newcastle could go through court claiming a breach of contract by Cabaye but that could take weeks and it would be more beneficial to the club to sell the player.
PSG are also interested in the player and so Pardew could opt to sell to the Ligue 1 champions so he doesn’t improve a Premier League rival. However, Cabaye is believed to prefer a move to Arsenal and seems determined to get his dream move.
Newcastle just want a quick resolution, whatever the decision will be. Arsenal know they will need to bid £20 million to sign the player and if they aren’t willing to make the offer, Pardew wants them to take a step back to allow Cabaye to help Newcastle in their campaign once again.