Arsenal told to fork out £20m for Newcastle star Yohan Cabaye
Magpies will hold out for big fee, even if it means the Frenchman staying against his will
NEWCASTLE manager Alan Pardew is playing hardball over Yohan Cabaye, the French midfielder being targeted by Arsenal and, it's thought, Paris Saint-Germain. He won't be going anywhere, says Pardew, unless someone bids at least £20m – even if the Magpies have to keep him against his wishes.
As the Daily Telegraph reports, "it is a similar policy to the one adopted by Liverpool this summer towards Luis Suarez and Manchester United with Wayne Rooney, as well as Tottenham's tough negotiations with Real Madrid over the sale of Gareth Bale".
Speaking ahead of Newcastle's first home game of the season, against West Ham on Saturday, Pardew said the club was standing firm "because you cannot go on a forecourt of a car showroom and say to the dealership: 'Here is what my valuation is and I'm just going to drive off with the car.'
"It does not work like that. You have to agree and only then can you drive it off. We have had one bid and it was not acceptable."
That bid was, of course, from Arsenal for £10.2m (or £12m, depending on who you choose to believe). The question now is, will Arsene Wenger get out the cheque book and make an improved offer? Or will PSG jump in with the full £20m?
Pardew's last word on the subject, according to goal.com, was: "I think the situation with Yohan is an ongoing situation and we will take each day as it comes. There's been one bid and I've turned that down, and that's really all I'm going to say on that."
Meanwhile the Daily Star claims that Atletico Madrid winger Arda Turan is attracting interest from Arsenal and Liverpool. The 26-year-old moved to Spain from Turkish side Galatasaray in 2011 and has been a vital cog in their team, helping them win the Europa League and Copa Del Rey.
Now Turan's representative Ahmet Bulut has told reporters that while Atletico don't wish to sell his client, "if we were to get an offer equal to his £29m buy-out clause Atletico should listen to such a proposal."
Asked about the alleged interest from Arsenal and Liverpool, the wily agent replied: "A destination in the Premier League would be to the liking of the player and I can confirm there are clubs interested, like the two mentioned. At the moment there are no concrete offers, only preliminary contacts."
Sky Sports report sthat Sunderland have completed the signing of Greek winger Charis Mavrias from Panathinaikos on a three-year deal. Though the fee is undisclosed, Sky Sports reckon it's in the region of £3m, a tidy sum for the 19-year-old. Capped twice by Greece, Mavrias made his Panathinaikos debut in the Champions League as a 16-year-old in 2010 and is the second youngest player to take part in the competition.
One game gone in the new season and the Evening Standard reports that Nicolas Anelka's career at West Bromwich Albion might already be over. The veteran French striker joined the Baggies over the summer after an unsuccessful jaunt in China but the Standard says he's been excused from playing against Everton this weekend "amidst reports that he is considering retirement".
Apparently Anelka, labelled the 'Incredible Sulk' by more than one set of fans during his controversial 16-year career, walked out of WBA's training ground on Thursday muttering about giving it all up. A statement on West Brom's official website read: "The club have excused the striker from club duty on compassionate grounds." ·