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Pardew wants clear-the-air talks with Cabaye

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Arsenal transfer target Yohan Cabaye is to hold clear-the-air talks with Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew.

The French midfielder - rated at £20 million by Newcastle - was the subject of a failed £10 million bid from Arsene Wenger and was reportedly keen to secure a move to north London.

Pardew was concerned that Cabaye's head had been turned by the bid and was left out of the Magpies' Premier League curtain-raiser - a game they went on to lose 4-0 at Manchester City.

Having sat out the following fixture too, Cabaye made a welcome return to fist-team action as a late substitute in Newcastle's 1-0 win over Fulham.

And after returning to the fold, Pardew is keen to speak with Cabaye in an attempt to get the midfielder fully focused on the season ahead.

"It was important to get him out there on Saturday, it will make it easier to move on although there is a lot of talking to be done between now and Aston Villa," Pardew told reporters.

"We will speak with Yohan and with his representatives to make sure that we go forward hand-in-hand."

Cabaye has been left out of France's squad for their World Cup qualifiers.

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