NEWCASTLE United are ready to play hardball with the clubs chasing Yohan Cabaye – by slapping a £30million price tag on him.
Paris Saint-Germain manager Laurent Blanc has again talked of his admiration for Cabaye.
But Newcastle are yet to receive a bid for the midfielder, who has also been linked with a clutch of other clubs, including Manchester United and big-spending AS Monaco.
Sources in France suggest Cabaye is interested in joining a Champions League club after two years on Tyneside, though the 27-year-old has given the club no indication he wants to leave.
And Newcastle’s director of football, Joe Kinnear, wants to keep him at St James’s Park.
Blanc was rebuked by Magpie manager Alan Pardew last month for his public courtship of Cabaye, who has three years left on the contract he signed when he joined from Lille two years ago.
“He can get on the phone to me, or make a bid. I think that’s the right way to do it,” said Pardew.
But that hasn’t stopped Blanc on making further comment on Cabaye’s situation.
“He’s a very good player,” Blanc told Le Parisien. “I haven’t changed my opinion (about Cabaye).
“For the moment, he’s at Newcastle. I also read that Tottenham are interested in him. Newcastle, Tottenham, or Paris – I hope that he’ll still be at a big club in September.”
Speaking last month, Pardew said it would take a bid that would “blow the doors off” for one of his key players to leave.
And it seems PSG feel United’s valuation of the France midfielder is too high.
The club is yet to make a formal offer for Cabaye, who wouldn’t be drawn on the summer’s speculation when asked about his future earlier this month.
It remains to be seen whether Manchester United firm up their interest after failing to sign Cesc Fabregas, though new boss David Moyes is known to be seeking an influential playmaker in midfield.
Meanwhile, Newcastle have again been linked with Manchester City’s Scott Sinclair, a player Pardew admires.
West Bromwich Albion are hopeful of signing the winger on a season-long loan.
Sinclair has been offered to a number of clubs, with City understood to be keen to offload him on a permanent deal. However, the priority for Newcastle – who have signed Loic Remy on loan – is another striker.