Arsenal put Cabaye pursuit on standby

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Arsenal's pursuit of Yohan Cabaye appears to have been put to one side after Alan Pardew revealed they are yet to receive a second bid for the star.

The Newcastle boss was left fuming after Arsenal's first offer of £10m was submitted earlier this week. 

Pardew claimed the ill-timed bid was disrespectful and hampered the team in their 4-0 defeat to Manchester City.

The bid was swiftly rejected by the Magpies and Pardew says he is still waiting for a second offer to come in.

"The situation with Yohan is ongoing," Pardew told the Newcastle Chronicle.

"We’ve had one bid, and we’ve turned it down. That’s all I can comment on with Yohan."

With Arsenal now linked with moves for Real Madrid pair Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria, it is thought that Arsenal are prepared to put attempts to sign Cabaye on the back burner.

The BBC reports that Arsenal are also attempting to sign a goalkeeper and a defender before the transfer window closes.

After the 3-0 over Fenerbahce Arsene Wenger told reporters: "We lost Arteta and Diaby. We are without three international midfielders. We will try and bring one in but we are working on that. What you have to understand is that there is still a long way to go.

"The transfer market really starts now, a lot of activity will happen between now and 2 September. We have 12 days. A lot will happen. It starts now."

Cabaye was left out of the squad that lost to Manchester City as a direct result of the bid from Arsenal and Pardew is unable to confirm whether he will play this weekend against West Ham.

"We are taking it day by day," he said. "It is about all players pulling in right direction."

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