Yohan Cabaye could be on the move this month but it will not be to Manchester United.
The Guardian report that David Moyes has categorically ruled out a switch for the Frenchman, classing him as a panic buy.
They write: "United's transfer policy will remain focused on a long-term approach, with only the very best being targeted. That means no rash moves for ordinary Premier League players and an attempt to sign Newcastle United's Yohan Cabaye has already been ruled out by David Moyes."
Moyes' 'aim-for-the-sky' approach is partly in keeping with their summer pursuit of Cesc Fabregas and Gareth Bale, but seeing as they landed up over-paying for Marouane Fellaini, it's surely time to re-assess.
While six points off fourth, United are still in with a chances of achieving a top four spot this season and signing a player like Yohan Cabaye - who also is not cup-tied for the Champions League, would be a shrewd move.
The report that United only want to pay for the best hints worryingly that signings may not be forthcoming this January at all, with big clubs unlikely to want to allow their top players to sell mid-season.
If Moyes is unprepared to consider taking a player he views as not at an elite level, he may be left with nobody.
Cabaye would in fact be a tremendous signing for Manchester United, valued in the region of £21 milion by Newcastle, even that would not be too steep for the French international who scored the winning goal in a 1-0 victory for his side at Old Trafford earlier this season.
David Moyes is not in a position where he really can be picky, and ruling out Cabaye appears right now to be a short-sighted move.
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