Newcastle play down transfer speculation

Newcastle midfielder Yohan CabayeNewcastle are confident of keeping Yohan Cabaye at St James’ Park, according to reports from The Chronicle.

The French playmaker’s future with the Magpies has been the subject of much doubt throughout the summer months, with a number of high profile clubs believed to be interested in his signature.

Manchester United, Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain are all reportedly monitoring the 27-year-old, and could test Newcastle’s willingness to keep hold of him before the transfer window slams shut.

However, manager Alan Pardew, director of football Joe Kinnear and owner Mike Ashley are prepared to stand firm in a bid to keep the midfielder in the North East, and will only allow him to switch clubs if he submits a transfer request.

Cabaye is valued at around £15m, but the ‘Toon’ are likely to demand in excess of £20m for their star man.

Pardew has been adamant all summer that his big name players are not for sale, and said that it would take huge bids to make them reconsider their stance:

“I feel we are in a strong position financially to hold on to our players.

“If one of our top players goes, it will be a bid that blows the doors off.

“That’s it.”

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