Yohan Cabaye won't be at Newcastle United for much longer, but if Manchester United manager David Moyes appreciates quality then he'll move for the France international in January.
Cabaye came close to leaving St James' Park in the summer. Arsenal were determined to sign him, but the move failed to materialise because the Gunners did not match Newcastle's valuation of the player.
After sitting out a couple of matches, Cabaye finally issued his apologies, which must have come as a major relief to the Magpies' boss Alan Pardew, whose team are not half as fluid without the Frenchman operating the controls in midfield.
The 27-year-old has that rare ability to orchestrate a match. He is blessed with magnificent vision, a sublime range of passing, stunning technique from dead-ball situations and a powerful long-range shot.
Sound similar to one of Manchester United's most famous sons?
Cabaye could be the Red Devils' new Paul Scholes. Sure, he won't be quite as good - Scholes was a once-in-a-generation type of player - but he could play a similar role, which would allow United to control the tempo of matches again.
Michael Carrick was outstanding last season, but even he has gone off the boil recently - and at the age of 32 he is approaching that stage of his career where he will need to sit out certain matches.
Marouane Fellaini, who cost United £27.5m in the summer, previously hinted that he could be the man to replace Scholes. However, the Belgium international is not the same type of player. Few English footballers throughout history have been able to pass a ball as well as Scholes - and Manchester United reaped the benefits for years.
There should be no doubts about Cabaye's ability to play at a club like Manchester United. You have to be a special player to hold down a midfield place in the France national team, and that's exactly what Cabaye is, which is why the likes of Arsenal and AS Roma are monitoring his situation with great interest.
Of course, United could have avoided this dilemma had their held onto Cabaye's midfield partner in the France national team, Paul Pogba.
But that's now in the past. Moyes must look to the future - and the future will look much brighter if Cabaye is part of the picture.
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