ALAN Pardew says he’d be worried if Yohan Cabaye wasn’t wanted by Europe’s top clubs.
Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are keen on the midfielder.
But it would take an offer approaching £30m to persuade Newcastle United to do business.
And Pardew remains hopeful that the 27-year-old - who played in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Braga - will stay at St James’s Park for another season.
While the speculation over Cabaye’s future is an unwelcome distraction at times, especially during transfers windows, Pardew feels that’s the price to pay for having a midfielder of his ability at the club.
“The speculation about Cabaye is right - he’s a top player and I wouldn’t expect no less,” Pardew said. “It’s good for his confidence.”
“Of course I want to keep him. If one of the big clubs comes with a massive offer, we’ll have to react to that.
“As it stands at the moment, there have still been no offers.
“He remains our player, and myself and the fans would love to see him stay come September 2 (when the transfer window closes) and still be in a black and white shirt.”
While sources in France have claimed Cabaye is open to a move to a Champions League club, the player himself has given Newcastle no indication he wants to leave.
And Pardew has praised his “professionalism” in pre-season.
“He’s not caused me one problem, and he’s worked really hard,” he added.
“His professionalism has been brilliant, and our fans need to know that.”
However, having seen striker Andy Carroll on the last day of the transfer window in January 2011, and too late to sign a replacement, Pardew is taking nothing for granted with Cabaye.
“That’s a worry,” said Pardew. “We’ve had that before with Andy Carroll, and it was a tricky time to lose Andy when we did.
“We managed to overcome that, but you don’t want to make it a habit.”