Newcastle United Fight To Hold Onto Highly-Rated Playmaker

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St James’ Park side determined to keep French playmaker.

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Newcastle United chief, Mike Ashley has made keeping influential French midfielder Yohan Cabaye his top priority this summer as the club prepare to fend off any interest t keep him at St James’ Park.

The Toon chairman has reportedly slapped an automatic £25 million price tag on all of his players, according to The Mirror.

A tactic that worked well last summer, Ashley is set to repeat it again at the end of the season to ward off any interest in the France international. A man who not only pulls the strings for Newcastle, he is said to be the new captain in waiting should Fabricio Coloccini leave.

The Argentine skipper is said to be aiming for a return home to his native country with San Lorenzo his preferred destination.

Cabaye is thought to be interesting the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United, but the feted hefty price tag and added responsibility as club captain are hoped to be enough to keep him in the Northeast.

The 27-year-old joined Newcastle from french club Lille, where he won a league a cup double in 2011. He has since gone on to be a key man in the Tyneside midfield and has established himself as an important part of the French national side.

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