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Newcastle's January transfer window was a quiet one, bringing in only Luuk de Jong on loan from Borussia Monchengladbach, but the sale of Yohan Cabaye was a huge disappointment to Magpies fans everywhere. The French midfielder had become a talismanic presence in the middle of the park, but new details released by Newcastle suggest that the former Lille man forced his way out of the North East.
"The board repeated that the player was adamant he wanted to leave. The board also explained that the player could not be sure the opportunity to join PSG would be available at a later date and he therefore wanted to take it," said club directors.
"The club's preference was to keep the player and for him to remain at the club long term."
But whilst they miss Cabaye, it's time for Cheick Tiote to step forward and become the new key man in the middle for Alan Pardew's side, and the Ivorian believes that they can finish the season strongly having picked up a vital three points against Aston Villa last weekend.
"Every game is important," Tiote said. "We are in a good position but, if we win each game, we have a chance to finish in a better position. It's going to be hard but we need to believe and try to win every game. We have to try to do that."
"We've got more confidence now. We hadn't won for a few games. We didn't play as a team and we conceded too many goals. We take that to the next game."
There has been more bad news on the transfer front for Newcastle, as Groningen starlet Richairo Zivkovic is set to shun a potential move to the Magpies in order to join Ajax. The 17-year-old winger looks set to complete a €2.5m switch to the Amsterdam giants, making him yet another target Newcastle have missed out on - which will no doubt frustrate manager Pardew.
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