YOHAN Cabaye has reiterated his commitment to Newcastle United – and rubbished talk of a transfer-window move, writes Miles Starforth.
The midfielder’s future has been the subject of renewed speculation amid interest from Paris Saint-Germain.
But Cabaye (pictured right) – who is set to return to the starting XI against Manchester City at St James’s Park tomorrow after recovering from an Achilles injury – has dismissed talk of a move this month.
Instead, it seems increasingly likely that the 27-year-old will leave in the summer, when he will have a year left on his St James’s Park contract.
“For me to go to Paris, or another club, there is nothing,” said Cabaye. “I just want to be focused on the next game.”
Speculation hasn’t been confined to Cabaye, with on-loan forward Loic Remy’s longer-term future having also come under scrutiny, while long-serving defender Steven Taylor has been linked with a move away from the club.
“I think it’s hard for every player,” Cabaye said. “It depends what the player wants – if he wants to leave or if he wants to stay.
“So there is every time speculation, even in January. So it’s hard for the player, the club and the fans, for everybody. It is not a good period for everybody.”
Pardew – who is hopeful the club will sign a striker this month – does not believe the recent speculation has unsettled his players.
“Players are getting more used to it,” Pardew said.
“The media is such that, one minute you’re going to Napoli, and the next morning you’re going to walk out of your contract.
“There are lots of rumours about our players, and they just have to brush it aside.
“There’s a little bit of teasing in the warm-up, but that’s about it.”
On Cabaye, Pardew added: “He’s got two years left on his contract, and we’re looking forward to him playing for Newcastle for the rest of the season.”
Newcastle, meanwhile, are yet to bid for a player in the transfer window.
Borussia Monchengladbach’s Luuk de Jong is one target, with the striker available for loan after falling out of favour at the Bundesliga club.
Pardew held transfer talks this week with United owner Mike Ashley and director of football Joe Kinnear this week.
Everything hinges on how much cash Ashley – who has little appetite for Europa League football – will release given that the club is not danger of being relegated.
“I think it would be great to bring a player in, but it still needs to be right for the board going forward for the club,” said Pardew.