Following the arrival of Juan Mata at Old Trafford, Manchester United were linked with one more bout of winter shopping.
It was not the first time the Frenchman had been linked with United, but in the end the Magpies sold their star man to Paris Saint-Germain for what some would call the bargain price of £19million.
It was a fee that reportedly led to the departure of Joe Kinnear, with the Mirror claiming that the former Director of Football was asked to leave in part because Mike Ashley felt Cabaye was sold too cheaply.
True or not, you do wonder how Cabaye could have been allowed to leave for £8.5million less than United paid for Marouane Fellaini.
Again this is not a new connection as much as a resuscitated one, but Moyes may have missed a trick if he really did want the Ivorian at Old Trafford.
Whoever takes over from Kinnear is unlikely to part with any more of Newcastle’s current team on the cheap…if at all.
No, United should have made their bid a week ago, or perhaps even earlier – offering £20million for Cabaye and whatever Kinnear deemed acceptable for Tiote.
Perhaps it was a return to France or nothing for Cabaye. But had United gone just £1million higher, and tempted Kinnear with a cheeky bid for Tiote, they could have bagged an entire new midfield for less than it cost to get Mata.
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