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Pardew: We don't have to sell Cabaye to buy
ALAN PARDEW insists Newcastle United do not have to sell Yohan Cabaye in order to fund new signings, and revealed he is not resigned to losing the Frenchman.
Pardew flew to the south of France earlier this week with Director of Football Joe Kinnear and chief scout Graham Carr, where they met up with owner Mike Ashley to discuss their game plan for the final 11 days of the transfer window.
Cabaye's future was also high on the agenda and Pardew has dismissed speculation that a second offer has come in for the midfielder, while also insisting talk of a double bid from Paris St Germain for the 27-year-old and Mathieu Debuchy is wide of the mark.
With time running out to strike deals before the transfer window closes, questions have been asked as to why the Magpies have failed to bring in anyone other than the injured Loic Remy this summer.
There were suggestions from certain quarters on Monday that Newcastle had made Arsenal's bid for Cabaye public in order to spark a bidding war and up a potential fee, but Pardew insists the club is not waiting for windfall to fund their own moves.
Concerns have also been raised over Kinnear's role on Tyneside given the fact he was appointed with the task of bringing players to the club, but the Magpies boss has moved to reassure supporters that work continues behind the scenes.
"We had a meeting last month and another one two months ago. It's a meeting we have on a regular basis," Pardew revealed.
"It's so we can keep everyone updated and I think the Cabaye situation highlighted that even more so. And no, it is not that we have been waiting for a bid to come in. We are not under any financial pressure to sell anybody.
"We can't influence the market. We have to react to the market. If we were Man City and need a striker, we just go out and pay £37m and everyone else has to react on the back of that.
"We are dictated to a little bit on how we react. If we were to sell one of our big players, which would generate a number of funds we might split it into two and use the finance to replace him and strengthen in another postion.
"So all of that mix is in that conversation and it is very difficult to have the foresight to know what is going to happen."
Arsenal's bid is unlikely to be the last offer the Magpies receive for Cabaye, but with time left before the window closes, Ashley is not in a hurry accept any further bids.
Should someone submit an offer that is too good to turn down, Pardew is confident there won't be a repeat of what happened two-and-a-half-years ago when the Magpies sold Andy Carroll to Liverpool and failed to bring in a replacement.
He said: "It can all happen on the last day, Andy Carroll being a major point - so what we have got to do is discuss it and make sure we have things in place and are ready to go.
"We will only know when the window shuts, if we have everything ready. We like to think we have."
Cabaye wasn't involved in Monday night's heavy defeat to Manchester City and it remains to be seen whether he makes an appearance at St James' Park against West Ham tomorrow, but Pardew insists that just because a bid has been made, it isn't a foregone conclusion that the French international has played his last game for the club.
"No (I am not resigned to him leaving), because you cannot go on a forecourt of a car showroom and say to the dealership: Here is what my valuation is and I'm just going to drive it off," Pardew said.
"It does not work like that. You have to agree and only then can you drive it off. We have had one bid and it was not acceptable.
"I am not saying Cabaye is definitely out on Saturday. It is too early to say.
"I have a good relationship with Yohan. I think it is important that it stays a good relationship for him and for me and for this club. The most important thing about this whole scenario is that the club wins.
"The club has to win here, no-one else . That is what comes first on my shift. I am manager of this football club and will do what is best for the club. So if he stays, we need to get the best out of him."
Pardew celebrates his 100th game in charge of the Tynesiders tomorrow and has had to deal with his fair share of adverse times. However, the Magpies boss remains bullish and insists he would rather face a week like this now rather than at the end of the season.
He said: "I was actually surprised when someone told me it was one hundred Premier League games. It's been a joy and tough but that is what football management is. It's not an easy business.
"This has been a particularly poor week on a number of levels. But you get that though. Sometimes adversity comes - we had a bit of it last year and have a little more of it now but I would rather have it now than at the end of the season or even in the middle of the season so let's get it out of the way, let's sort ourselves out and make sure we are ready to rumble in the 37 games left."
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