Pardew fears £20m star will do a Carroll on deadline day - but to where?

Cabaye Shirt

Newcastle United player in high demand as PSG, Arsenal & Manchester United have been linked with Pardew seeing a repeat of Liverpool fiasco…

In 2011, Newcastle United conducted business on transfer deadline day as the Tyneside club ratified a £35m sale that saw towering striker join Liverpool for a £35m fee.

While the Magpies were handsomely remunerated for a player now tasked with salvaging a season for West Ham United, who are embroiled in a relegation dog-fight, it is a situation that manager Alan Pardew wishes to avoid yet acknowledges that midfield sensation Yohan Cabaye could be subject to a successful transfer bid on Friday, January 31 - the final day Premier League clubs are permitted to recruit cash transfers.

Having already thwarted a £14m punt from Ligue 1 powerhouse Paris Saint Germain yesterday, Pardew recently faced questions as to whether he had confidence the club could retain the services of Cabaye, 28: 'You are talking to someone who lost Andy Carroll with eight hours to go, so am I confident? No, I'm not and I don't think any team not in a Champions League position or fighting for a Champions League position could be,' he is quoted by Sky Sports to have said.

'We know we have got a club interested in Cabaye, a very wealthy club and a powerful club, and we are conscious of that,' he said, before concluding: 'We are doing our best to protect Newcastle.'

PlayerClub Goals Assist Chances Tackles Passes TouchesAppsMins
 Cabaye  Newcastle  7  2 1.74 2.42 49.00 69.79 19 1,509

Cabaye has already returned exceptional all-round midfield statistics from 1,509 minutes of Premier League competition this season, as he has had an affect on the scoreline nine times (seven of which were goals), creates a clear, goal-scoring chance 1.74 times per appearance on average, commits to 2.42 tackles every game, attempts almost 50 passes every time he is on the field while also enjoying a hair under 70 touches per match.

Last summer he was continually linked with a move to Arsenal, who have reportedly retained their interest in his services (Daily Mail reported a £22m bid could be offered by the Gunners a month ago), while Manchester United (Daily Mirror, yesterday) implied he, along with Luke Shaw, would be David Moyes' next signings. Even Liverpool were linked (Daily Star) were linked in late November.

However, out of all the possible destinations, it is Paris Saint Germain who are most frequently speculated as the most obvious club Cabaye will end up joining, providing the club increase their previous offer.

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