£22m star tipped for Arsenal move... by his own teammate

Newcastle's Massadio Haidara has recommended Yohan Cabaye join Arsenal rather than PSG.

Back in mid-August, Arsenal fans would have welcomed Yohan Cabaye with open arms.

They were desperate for a signing, anybody - and the Gunners' interest in the French international was widely reported, acknowledged even by his own manager.

With the subsequent signing of Mesut Ozil it's questionable whether Arsenal even need Cabaye, valued at a reported £22 million by Newcastle.

Reports emerged midweek that a FIFA regulation could enable Cabaye to buy out part of his contract and leave for a cut-price £6 million in the summer, potentially increasing Newcastle's desire to cash in this January if true - although the club has not commented either way on the Mirror's report.

Speculation therefore continues to run rampant over his future, with PSG long being credited with interest - although Cabaye this week stressed no approach had been made with the club.

The midfielder is keen to play Champions League football, which surely both Arsenal and PSG would allow him to next season, as Newcastle's long-shot hopes took another blow today as they lost 2-0 at home to Manchester City.

It may present itself as a tough choice if both clubs do show an interest, and if that is the case then Newcastle teammate Massadio Haidara believes the Gunners should be his top option.

Speaking to French website Footmercato, he said:

"He's really a good person who works hard to be at this level. I am happy to play with such a player, he has the qualities to go to a bigger club than Newcastle yet.

"Whether PSG or Arsenal, two big clubs, but I personally find that Arsenal would be better for him. After all the decision is up to him, and now I am glad he is in Newcastle."

Whether Newcastle fans will receive Haidara speaking so candidly about a teammates' future well is unclear, it's hardly helpful.

And then we return to the issue of whether the Gunners need him anyway. If they want to add depth to their squad then yes, but if Cabaye wants to be a guaranteed starter - there's no indication Arsenal will in fact be a clever move for him.

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