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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has warned Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain against making a bid for Yohan Cabaye, saying that he wants the midfielder to remain at St James' Park for 2013/14, reports Sky Sports.

The 27-year-old has been one of the Magpies star performers since arriving on Tyneside from Lille in the summer of 2011, and has gone on to attract a growing list of admirers, both in this country and abroad.

New Manchester United boss David Moyes has been credited with an interest in bringing Cabaye to Old Trafford, as he looks to strengthen his midfield options ahead of his debut campaign in charge of the reigning Premier League champions.

Meanwhile, Andre Villas-Boas has also been monitoring the France international's situation at Newcastle, as he too weighs up a bid to lure him to White Hart Lane.

Pardew admits while the transfer window is open there is always a concern that Newcastle could lose a key player, particularly with the calibre of clubs - like Manchester United and Tottenham - interested in Cabaye's signature.

"That's a worry," he told the Evening Chronicle. "We've had that before with Andy Carroll and it was a tricky time to lose Andy when we did. We managed to overcome that. But you don't want to make it a habit.

"For me, of course I want to keep him. If one of the big clubs comes with a massive offer we will have to react to that. [But] as it stands at the moment there have still been no offers. 

"He remains our player and myself and the fans would love to see him stay come September 2, and still be in a black and white shirt."

Having also been strongly linked with a return to Ligue 1 with PSG, Cabaye deserves credit for not being distracted by constant speculation about his future, and has been praised by his manager for his professional approach to pre-season.

"The speculation about Cabaye is right," Pardew added. "He's a top player and I wouldn't expect no less. It's good for his confidence.

"He's not caused me one problem and he's worked really hard. His professionalism has been brilliant and our fans need to know that."

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