Arsenal have been offered hope in their ongoing pursuit of Yohan Cabaye, after Paris Saint-Germain revealed they have not made a bid for the Newcastle United midfielder, reports Sky Sports.
According to the Ligue 1 club's chairman, Nasser al-Khelaifi, manager Laurent Blanc is a huge admirer of the Magpies star, but reports that the French champions have lodged an official offer are wide of the mark.
"Yohan Cabaye? He is a great player and I know Laurent Blanc likes him a lot," Al-Khelaifi is quoted by L'Equipe. "But we didn't make any offer to Newcastle."
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is keen to bring the France international to the Emirates Stadium, and has already had a £10.2million bid turned down last week, with Newcastle owner Mike Ashley holding out for closer to £20million for the want-away star, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Arsenal are expected to make a second bid, but only if they fail to land any of their other high-profile targets, with Real Madrid duo Mesut Ozil and Angel di Maria both on the north London club's radar.
The arrival of both players would make Wenger far less likely to significantly up his offer for Cabaye, who has effectively gone on strike in a last-ditch attempt to force a transfer.