The departure of the 28-year-old France midfielder who returned to his homeland to join Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain this week has left the Newcastle boss with little over 48 hours to find a replacement for the playmaker who had been the nucleus of his team.
The Magpies have been linked with interest in Lyon midfielder and Cabaye’s national team colleague Clement Grenier and Pardew has made no secret of his hopes a deal can be agreed between the two clubs and the player before the 11pm transfer deadline this Friday.
"It is still on going as far as I am aware,” he said of the 23-year-old he described as ‘tremendous creative technical’ player.
"The fans would love to see him at the club. He is not our player so I can't wax lyrical about him yet."
It is thought the France international is the number one (and possible only) target to replace Cabaye for a fee reportedly £11 million, representing an £8 million profit made by the North East giants in the market this January. The club have signed Netherlands international Luuk de Jong this week on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach with hopes the 23-year-old striker can add firepower to the squad as we head into the business end of the season.
Newcastle currently sit in eight place in the Premier League, a comfortable five points clear of Aston Villa in ninth and just three points behind reigning champions Manchester United. However, the sale of their most creative player could hamper their ability to push on for a potential European spot this term.
Pardew was unable to confirm any progress in the move for Grenier other than to confirm it is on going but the player himself seemed to know even less about the status of his move earlier today when he told reporters in France:
"I don't know much about it. I read the press and I saw my name written next to Newcastle, but I don't have more information than this. The transfer window closes on Friday so we'll see.”
The same report claims Newcastle had a bid ‘rejected’ for the playmaker by Lyon but with the £19 million from the Cabaye sale in their pockets, I would be surprised if the Magpies don’t make an offer they can’t refuse to seal the deal before the window slams shut.
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