Newcastle’s Cabaye is a target for the two sides.
Newcastle United are still not certain of holding onto midfielder Yohan Cabaye after Liverpool joined Arsenal in the chase to sign the Frenchman, reports The Daily Express.
The Gunners made attempts to land the 27-year-old over the summer and had a £10.2m bid for the France international rejected.
At the time Magpies boss Alan Pardew was furious with the north London club’s attempts to sign the player on the evening of their opening Premier League match with Manchester City.
“We’ve prepared with the lad for three days and then for him to have his head turned by this bid from Arsenal on the eve of a game is just disrespectful in my view,” Pardew was quoted by The Metro.
As it was, Cabaye did not leave St James’ Park, with the view being that it would take an offer in the region of around £18m to tempt Newcastle into selling.
Pardew was fully prepared for the midfielder to leave over the summer, but said it would take a large bid for this to happen.
“If Cabaye goes, and that’s 50-50 in my opinion, we need to replace him,” the manager was quoted by the Daily Telegraph at the end of August.
“That would be very unsettling for me and our fans. The bottom line with a world-class player is that it would have to be world-class money for us to let him go.”
Now the Reds have joined Arsene Wenger in trying to sign Cabaye, with the Merseyside club wanting midfield support for their new 5-3-2 formation.
With three central midfielders starting most matches and only four recognised in the squad, a new addition would not go amiss.
Wenger meanwhile appears to be fairly well stocked in that department however and many would suggest the 64-year-old spent the money more wisely in other areas.
As Mikel Arteta, Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini are already at the Emirates Stadium, then it’s unlikely that Cabaye would even get that much game time.
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