Arsenal have been boosted by the news that Yohan Cabaye is open to a move to the Gunners. According to reports, the French Man has told Newcastle he wants to make a switch from Newcastle to Arsenal. Arsene Wenger lodged a £10 million bid for the Frenchman on Sunday and the player was absent in Newcastle’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester City on Monday.
The Magpies have rejected the bid, calling it ‘derisory’ and have said only a much larger offer will persuade them to sell. The Northern club are looking for at least £18 million for the 28-year old and Wenger may have left it too late to argue.
The Gunners have failed to make a significant signing all summer and were exposed in their 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa. The squad is also ravaged by injury and are in need of major reinforcements. The bid for Cabaye was followed by offers for Paul Pogba and Schalke’s Uchida while the club inquired about Geoffrey Kondogbia of Sevilla.
Newcastle are keen to keep hold of Cabaye but know they will have to do business if the right offer comes in. Cabaye is keen on a move to the Emirates as he wishes to play Champions League football to improve his chances of making France’s World Cup squad.
Alan Pardew was also unhappy with the timing of Arsenal’s bid for the player.
“We’ve prepared with the lad for three days and then for him to have his head turned by this bid from Arsenal on the eve of the game is just disrespectful.”
“From my view, why it couldn’t have waited until tomorrow [Tuesday] morning I do not know.”