Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has denied Tottenham made an approach for Yohan Cabaye in the summer transfer window, despite the Frenchman insisting yesterday he had the chance to move to White Hart Lane.
Spurs spent much of their summer trying to find a replacement for Real Madrid-bound Luka Modric, only to miss out on their preferred target for the role, Porto’s Joao Moutinho, after the deal collapsed in the final few minutes of deadline day.
However Cabaye revealed yesterday that he was asked to fill the hole left behind by the Croatian.
"The offer from Tottenham was to replace Modric," he told French television. "If I had wanted to leave I would have; I have not left, I was not meant to leave as I am still here and I hope a lot of good things will come out of it.”
However Pardew has moved to dismiss claims the former Lille midfielder was the subject of a bid from Spurs – but admitted that the speculation surrounding Cabaye didn’t surprise him.
“Firstly, there was no offer from Spurs, so he didn’t get that opportunity,” he said.
“But, of course, the likes of Yohan and one or two other players would be wanted by top sides. That’s natural.”
Newcastle narrowly missed out on Champions League football last season and were instead forced to settle for a place in the Europa League, much like Spurs who missed out on Europe’s leading club competition because of Chelsea’s final success against Bayern Munich.
Speaking ahead of the Magpies’ Europa League tie against Bordeaux on Thursday, Pardew insisted that the competition was important as it would help him keep the likes of Cabaye at the club – despite fielding a weakened team against in their opening Group D game against Maritimo in August.
“What is important is the development of players,” he said. “And it’s important that we gave them the platform for success. This competition is part of that.
“The only way we can keep the likes of Yohan, Papiss, Cheik and Demba is to bring success. That’s the only way.”