Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew feels that Arsenal's late pursuit of Yohan Cabaye could still go either way.
Cabaye is yet to feature for Newcastle this season after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger had a £10m offer for the French midfielder rejected two weeks ago.
Pardew has refused to rule out the possibility of Cabaye staying at St James' Park when the transfer window closes next week, but remains adamant that the Gunners must significantly increase their offer to force a deal through.
He told The Telegraph: "Now if Cabaye goes, and that’s 50-50 in my opinion, we need to replace him. That would be very unsettling for me and our fans.
"The bottom line with a world-class player is that it would have to be world-class money for us to let him go."
Arsenal currently have a number of fitness concerns in central midfield, with Mikel Arteta's long-term absence increasing the sense of urgency at the Emirates to bring in Cabaye.
The Magpies got their first win of the season last night without Cabaye, registering a 2-0 success over Morecambe in the Capital One Cup.
Since arriving on Tyneside in 2011 Cabaye has become a regular feature for French national side in central midfield, representing Les Blues 23 times.
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