YOHAN Cabaye is in Newcastle United’s squad for tomorrow’s game against Norwich City.
Paris Saint-Germain have had a £14m bid for Cabaye rejected.
And the odds on the midfielder leaving the club in this month’s transfer window have shortened dramatically.
But Cabaye will face Norwich at Carrow Road – unless there is a dramatic development in the next 24 hours.
“Yohan’s been very, very good,” said United manager Alan Pardew today.
“He’s preparing for the Norwich game. I expect him to play.”
PSG are expected to raise their offer for Cabaye, 28, in the next 48 hours, and Pardew is adamant that if he leaves, it will be on Newcastle’s terms.
“We know the club interested in Yohan is a wealthy club,” he said. “We’re conscious of that, and we’re doing our best to protect Newcastle.
“The conversations are going on above me. My job is to get the best out of him.
“He has a great role at this football club. The team is centered around him.
“He’s an important cog in our system. If you take him out of the team, it makes us vulnerable.
“We’ve got to protect ourselves going forward. That’s the situation at the moment.”
Asked about the need to replace Cabaye before Friday night’s transfer deadline should the France international leave, Pardew said: “We’d need to bring in someone, for sure.
“You can’t lose a player of that quality.”