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Arsenal expected to lodge an improved Cabaye offer
NEWCASTLE UNITED are ready for an improved offer from Arsenal for Yohan Cabaye with the saga surrounding the Frenchman’s future edging closer to a resolution.
It is understood the Gunners will return with a second bid, in the region of £18m, later this week having seen their initial offer of £10m rejected a week ago.
Magpies boss Alan Pardew has been working to try and persuade the midfielder his future lies on Tyneside, but Cabaye’s failure to appear against West Ham United at the weekend, despite his manager’s pleas, suggests his mind is already made up.
Director of football Joe Kinnear insists Arsenal know Newcastle’s valuation of the French international and it is thought a bid in excess of £18m will be enough to persuade owner Mike Ashley to sell. Paris St Germain are still monitoring the situation and could yet make a formal offer.
The saga surrounding Cabaye is the last thing the Magpies need at the moment and although they are not willing to let Cabaye leave cheaply, there is a sense their focus should be on bringing in reinforcements themselves.
Kinnear watched Marseille’s Andre-Pierre Gignac over the weekend, while there are also strong suggestions the Magpies have tabled a bid for Ghana international Andre Ayew.
However, his failure to land several targets has frustrated supporters, but the former manager insists everyone is working hard to make things happen He said: “We are working together – not plotting against each other. I don’t understand where the negativity has come from.
“We are two games into a 38-game season and already the doom-and-gloom merchants are looking for a scapegoat.”
The Magpies have failed to score in their opening two games of the season against Manchester City and West Ham, but Dutch midfielder Vurnon Anita believes it is only a matter of time before things fall into place.
“We have focused a lot on keeping the ball,” Anita said.
“The second half against West Ham we showed it and we kept the ball better. We had plenty of little one-twos, but we didn’t score. That’s the only negative point.
“The only way we can turn the possession into shots and goals is if we work on our movement in the final third a bit more. We need to get in behind the strikers. Little things like that. As long as we are patient, keep the ball, then those little doors will open up for us.”
Anita was given his chance to impress in the absence of Cabaye on Saturday and hopes he did enough to prove he can be a capable replacement should the Frenchman leave.
He said: “As a player you always want to play and against West Ham was my chance to play and show what I can do. I did my thing. It is up to the coach to decide if I play the next game or not. I feel like I did my best.’’
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