Pardew hasn’t given up hope of keeping Arsenal target Yohan Cabaye at Newcastle United.


ALAN Pardew has not given up hope of Yohan Cabaye staying at Newcastle United.

The Magoies this week turned down a £10million bid from Arsenal for the midfielder.

On the face of it, Cabaye’s days at St James’s Park are looking numbered.

The 27-year-old didn’t play in Monday night’s 4-0 defeat to Manchester City as Pardew felt his “head had been turned”.

Pardew wouldn’t reveal whether Cabaye would be involved in tomorrow’s home game against West Ham United.

He didn’t criticise Cabaye after the City game, despite questions asked by fans of his professionalism and Pardew insists he won’t freeze out the Frenchman because he could yet stay at St James’s Park.

“I think that fans have to understand – and I’m sure they do because they are an intelligent bunch – that there has to a way back for him,” Pardew told SportMail.

“There’s a solution that he goes. There’s also a solution that he stays.

“If he stays, he has to be in a position where he produces his best football.

“He has to have faith in the manager and he has faith in the group around him.

“I have to support him, and I will, until such time that there is a solution.

“For me, he is a great player that will be difficult to replace. I’d like him to stay like our fans do.

“He’s a special player, but we’ll have to wait and see.”

Cabaye, signed from Lille two years ago, is reportedly keen to play Champions League football this season.

But Pardew says it would be wrong to claim that Newcastle’s ambitions don’t match those of the France international – or the club’s frustrated supporters.

“You are getting mixed up with ambition and finance,” he said.

“We can’t compete with Man United or Man City – they are stratosphere clubs for us.

“Spurs have got themselves in a position where they could possibly compete – and it’s taken about five or six years – but we’re not there yet.

“Neither are Arsenal or Liverpool. They (Man United and Man City) are light years ahead of us in terms of finance.