Newcastle star could join Arsenal on a free transfer this summer

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Arsenal target Yohan Cabaye is considering the prospect of buying out his Newcastle contract this summer, reports Sky Sports.

The France international has been heavily linked with a move away from St James' Park in recent months, with speculation suggesting he is wanted by the Premier League leaders.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is understood to have failed with a £10million bid for the 27-year-old during the summer, with the Magpies swiftly rejecting the offer from their domestic rivals.

Alan Pardew insists he's unconcerned by the latest round of rumours regarding Cabaye's future on Tyneside, even if the midfielder is able to buy out the remaining two years of his contract for £6million.

"It doesn't worry me," reflected the Magpies manager. "The point you are raising is something that has been raised at an international level, it's not isolated to Yohan Cabaye.

"Whether that's possible, I don't know, it's not my department, if I am honest.

"The most important thing is that he has two-years left on his contract in the summer and we are looking forward to him playing for Newcastle for the rest of this season, and we will take it from there in the summer."

If successful, the former Lille star would be available to sign for anyone on a free transfer, putting Arsenal back in contention for Cabaye's signature.

Under FIFA's Webster rule, Article 17 of the transfer statutes, the player would be eligible to finance his own exit, should Newcastle fail to negotiate his sale in the summer.

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