A year ago Newcastle accepted a £19 million bid from Paris Saint-Germain for their star player Yohan Cabaye, but the French midfielder hasn't had much to savour in his 12 months in France.
Due to the amount of quality midfielders PSG have, such as Marco Verratti, Blaise Matuidi and Javier Pastore, Cabaye has rarely found himself in the starting team this season. Only the poor form of Thiago Motta has seen him feature more regularly this season.
Team-mate Javier Pastore admitted Cabaye may leave in search of more game time, and this would put many clubs on high alert. One club that should definitely be in the hunt is Liverpool.
Last week it was confirmed Steven Gerrard would be leaving at the end of the season, so now Liverpool has a big job in replacing the club's greatest central midfielder of all time.
Many players have been linked with Liverpool following the announcement, notably AS Roma man Miralem Pjanic. Whilst Pjanic would we a dream signing, it is simply unrealistic and stands very little chance of happening.
Cabaye however would be very much available if the right bid was made. He is a realistic target, and still is a player of outstanding ability.
There are also many similarities in the qualities of Cabaye and Gerrard. Both have great technical ability, they're both good all round midfielders, and are both capable of scoring some spectacular goals, especially from the dead ball.
Whilst Cabaye might not have the passing range of Gerrard (there are very few in world football who do), he makes up for it with his defensive contributions. In his last season with Newcastle, Cabaye averaged 2.4 tackles and 2.4 interceptions a game. A player known for his attacking contributions, Cabaye would still give the Liverpool back-line the added protection it clearly needs.
The act of replacing Gerrard certainly won't be easy. There are some big shoes that need to be filled. While a Paul Pogba or Miralem Pjanic would be perfect, Liverpool must accept their current position and go for someone they stand a chance of getting.
Cabaye might not have the same ability as the aforementioned, but he is still a quality player who can be a key player in Liverpool's fight for Champions League football.
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