Arsenal Target Yohan Cabaye Denied Newcastle Exit

Midfielder told he will be staying at St James’ Park.

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Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye was denied an exit from the club last night by manager Alan Pardew, according to the Daily Star.

The French playmaker had been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal in the final few weeks of the transfer window, and was believed to be hoping for an exit from St James’ Park this summer.

The likes of PSG and Manchester United had also shown some interest in the 27-year-old’s services, but he was told late on yesterday by Pardew that he would not be allowed to leave.

Cabaye has sat out Newcastle’s first three Premier League games due to being unsettled by speculation over his future, but it is unclear if there were any further offers for the player following Arsenal’s £10m opening bid, which was rejected by the Magpies.

Valued at around £20m by his club, it seems that Arsenal switched their priority to German playmaker Mesut Ozil, whom they signed from Real Madrid for over £42m.

Despite Cabaye being widely regarded as one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, Ozil is arguably more in the bracket of world class signings that Arsenal will have been hoping to pull through, and may be seen as better value for money despite being over double the price of the former Lille man.

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