Yohan Cabaye is almost certain to leave Paris Saint-Germain and return to the Premier League in January, which will of be significant interest to the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.
Cabaye has fallen out of favour since his £19million switch to PSG from Newcastle United in the last January transfer window and another former Frenchman who has played for the Toon, Olivier Bernard, is sure it will lead to a switch back to England
"He will be back in England in January, absolutely no doubt"
However, Newcastle United fans hoping for a return from Cabaye will be disappointed, unless there is no interest in a team currently playing in the Champions League.
"He will be back in England in January, absolutely no doubt. He will come back to the Premier League and he will already be looking for a club to join that will get him the games that he needs to guarantee him a place in the France squad," wrote Bernard in his Chronicle column.
"Will that be with Newcastle? Well you can never rule anything out in football, but they will be very lucky to get him in January. If they do it will probably mean that there isn’t an offer from one of the clubs that is playing in the Champions League."
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Manchester United fans will be aware that such a categorisation means they will not be getting the chance to sign a player that manager Louis van Gaal is, according to a Daily Star report that runs the quotes, interested in signing. Though the draw of Old Trafford is still strong.
Were any current Champions League teams to not try to sign him, Cabaye is unlikely to opt for St James' Park over playing for the 20-time English champions.
Two Likely Candidates
Bernard believes that the other two teams mentioned, Arsenal and Liverpool, would be more suitable destinations for the 28-year-old midfielder, as both have issues in the position he plays. Cabaye was very successful as a deep-lying midfielder that broke with late runs and is also capable of playing a more defensive game.
"I think it will be to go somewhere like Arsenal or even Liverpool, two teams that probably need a player who can play in that role that he occupies," added Bernard.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of the France international and the Gunners famously made a £10million bid for him on the eve of a clash between Manchester City and Newcastle last season.
The Magpies were incensed with the timing of the offer, especially as reports suggested that Cabaye had had his head turned by it, forcing manager Alan Pardew to leave him out of the match. It was a disaster and the Toon were thrashed 4-0 at the Etihad Stadium.