Liverpool to rival Arsenal in battle for Newcastle ace

Yohan Cabaye in demand once again. Will Wenger finally get his man? Not if Brendan Rogers has his way.

Fresh from Sunday's battle at the Emirates, the two title rivals are set to lock horns again over gifted Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

Arsenal were strongly linked with the Frenchman in the summer after several bids were rumoured to have been rejected by the Magpies. Cabaye himself missed the first two Premier League fixtures as a result of the speculation, and despite being denied the move, has since hit form for the St James' Park outfit.

Despite Arsenal's eventual signing of Mesut Ozil, it appears Arsene Wenger still covets the playmaker, and Newcastle will want to avoid a similar situation. Holding on to the French international may prove a greater challenge though after news of Liverpool's interest surfaced in the Daily Express today.

Anfield boss Brendan Rogers appears to be on the lookout for a central midfielder to add to his high-flying squad, and Cabaye certainly possesses the quality to challenge for a first-team spot alongside Steven Gerrard.

There is interest from elsewhere in Europe too, with Cabaye's former boss at Lille Rudi Garcia, performing wonders at Roma, looking to recruit his former captain. Paris Saint Germain, mooted to be a possible alternative when Arsenal first made their interest known, could also look to enter proceedings.

Newcastle will of course want to hold on to their player, meaning that any move will only go through if they are significantly remunerated - £20m should do it.

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