Pardew in the dark over Cabaye's future

PUBLISHED : Monday, 02 September, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 02 September, 2013, 3:56am


Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew expects the uncertainty over Yohan Cabaye's future at the club to go down to the wire on transfer deadline day today.

He admits he does not know if the Frenchman has played his last game for the club after he made his first appearance of the Premier League season in Saturday's 1-0 win at home to Fulham.

Cabaye was appearing for the first time since he reportedly refused to play in an attempt to push through a move to Arsenal, who have had a £10 million (HK$120 million ) bid for the 27-year-old rejected.

Pardew called on potential suitors to show their hand, saying: "I don't know if it's his last game for us until the deadline.

"We've told his agent to play the game. We've got to replace him and we can't afford to replace him before he goes, because we're not sure he's going.

"That bid needs to come in early. If it doesn't, it won't happen. Do I think he will go? You can never tell at this club.

"The decision [to sell] is with us; we make a decision on whether we think it's right. We've only had one bid for him."

Pardew added: "We've got replacements in mind and we've got to act quickly if that bid for Yohan comes in. We're working towards getting an offensive player in before the deadline."

"It's been a good week, and if we can get through Monday by improving the squad, then we'll be in good shape."

Cabaye received a mixed reception when entering the fray as a 65th-minute substitute. His appearance, along with a late debut for Loic Remy, helped inspire a strong finish from the hosts, who won via a late goal from Hatem Ben Arfa.