YOHAN Cabaye’s Newcastle United future is hanging in the balance, with Paris Saint-Germain set to return with an improved bid.
The cash-rich Ligue 1 club has had a £14million offer for the midfielder rejected.
And PSG are expected to increase their bid in the next 48 hours.
Newcastle value the France international – who has returned to form in recent months – at around £25m.
And club owner Mike Ashley is unlikely to accept much less, though he is aware that Cabaye could attempt to buy himself out of his contract in the summer.
Cabaye, who attempted to force through a move to Arsenal last summer, is not looking to leave the club in this month’s transfer window.
However, reports in France have suggested that he is open to a move to PSG, who lead Ligue 1 and are still in the Champions League, which Cabaye would be eligible to play in.
PSG’s bid could yet smoke out a counter-offer from Manchester United, known to have an interest in Cabaye.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will today decide whether to include Cabaye, who scored two goals in his last Newcastle appearance, in his squad for tomorrow night’s Premier League game against Norwich City at Carrow Road.
Pardew and his players are due to fly to Norfolk this afternoon.
For his part, Pardew does not want a repeat of the situation three years ago when striker Andy Carroll was sold on transfer deadline day to Liverpool with no incoming replacement.
After Arsenal’s failed bid last August, Pardew insisted the club would be ready to move should Cabaye leave.
And speaking earlier this month, he said: “We need to be on our toes in terms of clubs coming for our players, or us going for them.”
Newcastle would most likely turn to Montpellier’s Remy Cabella should the club accept a bid from PSG, though Cabaye’s departure is by no means certain.
However, Cabella’s club do not intend to sell the 23-year-old this month.
And Montpellier manager Rolland Courbis yesterday again claimed a move to United would be a bad career move for the attacking midfielder.
“For me, Newcastle is not the club for Cabella,” Courbis told French TV station Canal Plus.
“If he stays at Montpellier and improves little things, in six months he could go to Chelsea, Arsenal or Spurs.”
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