No January homecoming for ex-Newcastle star

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has ruled out a January swoop for former Magpies talisman Yohan Cabaye, as reported by the Newcastle Chronicle yesterday evening.

The France international was one of the leading stars of the 2011-12 Newcastle side that hugely surpassed expectations by almost qualifying for the Champions League, eventually finishing in the Premier League’s fifth-spot.

He left Tyneside for French champions PSG last January, but the 28 year-old midfielder has since been reduced to a bit-part role, with manager Laurent Blanc seemingly preferring the likes of Blaise Matuidi, Thiago Motta, Marco Veratti, Javier Pastore and youngster Adrien Rabiot.

With the Toon flying high once again, currently sixth in the Premier League table after four straight wins, a return to St. James’ Park for the disillusioned playmaker appeared to be a logical solution.

Unfortunately however, Pardew declared yesterday that Cabaye would not be returning to his old stomping ground in January, telling reporters; “No I don’t think so. I don’t think so. I would like to have him back, (he’s) a fantastic footballer, and it is a shame he is not playing. But I think (Paris Saint-Germain) will resolve that.

“I have not had any meetings about January, we are just watching the market. I think it would be unfair on the players,” the Magpies manager continued.

It’s believed fellow English outfits Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United will now battle alone for Cabaye’s signature.