I have always said that transfer windows are either a time of excitement or a time of pure dread- depending on which team you are associated with.
Seemingly when your involved with Newcastle United it’s more about who you could potentially lose rather than who you could recruit during transfer windows. It’s been that way for some time and as our own Manager admits every window we are ‘vulnerable to bids’. The Andy Carroll saga a couple of years ago appears to have left a few scars and has since made Alan Pardew extremely cautious and open minded about the loss of his stars.
The summer transfer window saw United’s French ace Yohan Cabaye targeted by Arsenal. The Londoners famously bid for the midfielder just hours before Newcastle’s season opener away to Manchester City. The bid was considered unacceptable and The Gunners were told thanks but no thanks, something that affected the player himself who wanted to move South. Yohan made himself unavailable for selection for the City clash as he went on strike in a desperate attempt to force the transfer through.
If the tabloids are to be believed Arsenal bid somewhere between £10-12 million for the 27 year old. It was also reported at the time that Newcastle would be willing to consider a second bid from Arsenal or any club that could match their £20 million valuation of the player. The interest in the player faded and Newcastle didn’t receive any other bids for the player that captained the side on a number of occasions last season.
To Yohan’s credit he soon got over his disappointment of the failed transfer, he said the right things to the press and reacted with maturity when booed by certain sections of St James’ Park following his strike. Cabaye has let his football do the talking in recent weeks and has produced some solid displays in which he has contributed with a couple of great goals and an excellent assist on Saturday against Chelsea.
With January fast approaching the transfer rumor mill is already hotting up and once again Cabaye’s name is being touted as a potential mover with Roma being credited with an interest in taking the player to Italy. The Arsenal link remains despite the clutch of midfield talent the club already have on their payroll. It remains to be seen whether it’s mere paper talk or whether anything could potentially materialize.
Yohan does seem settled again however he is obviously an ambitious lad and why shouldn’t he be?! We need to be providing incentive for our players to stay, we should be looking at ways to grow and improve. Sadly under current ownership all that really matters is survival, anything else is just a nice little bonus. If Cabaye has the chance to move on to bigger things I’m sure he will and if Mike Ashley has the chance to make a decent profit on anyone we all know he’ll take it with both podgy hands.
I’m maybe getting ahead of myself anyway. I’d be gutted to lose Cabs, I can’t say I would miss his corners too much though. What do you think, will we lose Yohan in January or will stay for the season?