ALAN Pardew today said it would take a “world-class” fee for Yohan Cabaye to leave Newcastle United.
Arsenal are yet to table a second bid for the midfielder, who is also interesting Paris Saint-Germain.
Cabaye refused to play in the club’s first two Premier League games.
And he won’t be involved in Newcastle’s Capital One Cup tie against Morecambe tomorrow night.
Pardew is keen for a quick resolution to the situation, which has become an unwelcome distraction for a club in dire need of incoming transfers before the September 2 deadine.
However, Pardew is adamant that the 27-year-old won’t leave on the cheap, with United looking for a fee in excess of £20m.
“The position we’re in has been forced upon us,” said Pardew. “It’s an ongoing situation.
“There are times where I understand a player’s position, and times when I don’t.
“He won’t be involved at Morecambe. We will see what happens on Saturday.”
Pardew added: “The bottom line with a world-class player is that it (the fee) would have to be world-class money.”
Cabaye’s non-involvement against Manchester City and West Ham United angered many fans.
But Pardew wouldn’t be drawn on whether he faces club discipline.
He said: “I don’t want to say any more.
“We have our own opinions, but we will keep them to ourselves. I respect the fans’ opinion.”