Arsenal are ready to test Newcastle’s resolve with a £15 million move for midfielder Yohan Cabaye, The Daily Mail claim.
The north London side are thought to be in the market for a holding midfielder after selling Alex Song to Barcelona, and have been linked with a move for Cheick Tiote.
However, Arsene Wenger has ruled out an attempt to sign the Ivory Coast international.
“I’m pleased with what I have, but yes I anticipate that we will do something. Defensive midfielder? It depends on the quality of the players available. Tiote is a good player, but he’s not on the way to Arsenal,” the coach expressed.
With that revelation in mind, Wenger is set to turn his attention to Tiote’s Newcastle team-mate Cabaye, who joined the Tyneside club from Lille last summer for £5 million.
The French star was one of the Magpies’ star performers in their fifth-placed finish last term and is now an automatic choice in the engine room for his country also.
Alan Pardew does not want to sell Cabaye or any of his stars, but is braced for late bids as the transfer window comes to a close.
“All my players are important, and they are hard to replace now. You lose a big player now and you try and take someone out from somewhere else and they want a replacement and time is suddenly running down. You can’t get anyone in and we want to avoid that,” he stated.
By Gareth McKnight