Cabaye expected to make return
Alan Pardew expects Yohan Cabaye to continue playing for Newcastle until a concrete bid is received from Arsenal, with the midfielder likely to feature against Fulham this weekend.
Cabaye missed the Toon's first two Premier League games of the season as Arsenal made a £10 million bid for him, which was turned down by Newcastle.
It is believed the Magpies value the midfielder at twice that amount and Pardew has advised Cabaye to return to the field and avoid concern about the Gunners' interest.
"Well I think a bit like some of the other managers that are in my position, Roberto Martinez at Everton in particular," Pardew told the club’s official website. "We’re still got to wait until the window shuts before we can really and truly say yes or nay, for a definite. What I have said to Yohan Cabaye is that I expect him to play this weekend [against Fulham]. Until another bid comes in from Arsenal, whether it’s accepted or not that will be the situation. We’ll have to wait and see over the next couple of days over how it manifests itself.”
With Cabaye missing out on selection for the French national team today, coach Didier Deschamps confirmed his exclusion was due to his lack of playing time at club level. No doubt keen to gain clarity on his future with next summer’s World Cup in mind, it remains to be seen whether Cabaye will feature against the Cottagers on Saturday, with Alan Pardew still eager to conduct business himself.
"Just taking Demba out of the equation for a second we’ve said we need and would like another striker or two flair players in the side. So we are in the market for anybody in that field that we think is going to work for us. We work in a small specter of the market in terms of the finance we have available. I hope I can keep all my players, that’s one good thing. You don’t want to lose a world class player like Yohan Cabaye and hopefully the addition of one or two others."