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Arsenal given price for French midfielder

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Newcastle director of football Joe Kinnear has openly stated that Arsenal can sign Yohan Cabaye, but only on Newcastle's conditions.

Arsenal have shown interest during a time when injuries have depleted their squad and left them light in numbers, especially in midfield.

An opening bid of £10m was branded as 'derisory' by the Newcastle hierarchy, while Pardew stated it was below their valuation.

Developments seem to be escalating with the Frenchman reported to have been in north London over the last few days trying discuss personal terms with Arsenal officials, but Newcastle chairman Mike Ashley is adamant, that unless a bid of £20m - or in excess - is made, no discussions will be held over a possible sale.

Kinnear confirmed as much by telling reporters: “We’ve told Arsenal our terms, the ball is in their court.”

The former Lille player has missed both of Newcastle two Premier League games and looks set to force the issue to try and get the move he craves.

Arsenal's first bid came prior to the demoralising 4-0 thumping received at the hands of Manchester City, where Pardew felt he had no option to leave the player out of the match-day squad, saying: “We have prepared with the lad for three days and for him to have his head turned by this bid by Arsenal is just disrespectful in my view,” 

“Why it couldn't have waited until tomorrow I don’t know. The result wouldn't have been the same if he’d played in my view.”

While, Cabaye then refused to play for Newcastle against West Ham, which resulted in a 0-0 draw. Pardew has now stated the repercussions of Cabaye trying to force a move out of Tyneside will result in him being fined and disciplined.

Cabaye's future at St James' Park now looks very bleak. But despite that, Newcastle have a lot in their favour. There are three years remaining on Cabaye's contract following a move from Lille, meaning that Newcastle are in a position to demand a high fee.

Additionally, it is a World Cup year and Cabaye's antics for his club, along with lack of playing time may result in him being ostracised from the France squad.

If Cabaye is still a Newcastle player on the 2nd of September that is not an issue for Newcastle. Cabaye will be inclined to perform well with Rio De Janiero in mind.

However, if the asking price is met - a fairly reasonable one - then Arsenal have their man.

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