Roma to target Newcastle star in January – what will he do?

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Reports in the Italian and British media are suggesting that the Serie A leaders want to sign Yohan Cabaye in the January transfer window.

Newcastle’s reserve looks set to be tested once more in the January transfer window, with reports linking Roma with a move for Yohan Cabaye.

Reports in both Italy and England are suggesting that the current Serie A table-toppers want to sign the France international in the new year, with a bid of £12 million being prepared.

Roma boss Rudi Garcia knows the box-to-box midfielder well, as he managed Cabaye in his time with Lille.

The Giallorossi manager has already brought former charge Gervinho to the Stadio Olimpico, and is seemingly now ready to try to tempt another ex-Lille man to Italy.

Newcastle will obviously be reluctant to sell the midfielder midway through the season, and showed in the summer that they do not want to lose the influential star.

The Tyneside outfit rebuffed attempts from Arsenal to pry their star midfielder from St James’ over the summer, but Cabaye hit the headlines due to his reaction.

The France international stated his desire to move to north London, alienating himself to the Newcastle fans in the process.

After a move to the Gunners fell through, Cabaye has had to work hard to win back the faith and support of the club’s fans.

With Roma pushing for the Italian title and looking to secure Champions League football for next term, and the opportunity to link up with Garcia once more, Cabaye’s loyalty to Newcastle is set to be thoroughly tested should the bid come.

It is unlikely that Newcastle would ever consider selling him, and to faction a move to the Italian capital Cabaye will have to make his desire to leave clear.

If he does this, again, Alan Pardew may well be forced to offload the wantaway midfielder, as the Newcastle fans will be reluctant to accept a player that does not have the same commitment to the club that they do.

The majority of Newcastle fans have forgiven Cabaye for his outbursts once; whether they would be prepared to do it a second time is questionable.

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