No bids for Cabaye – but reports are a concern

ON THE MOVE? ... Monaco have been linked with a move for Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye.
ON THE MOVE? ... Monaco have been linked with a move for Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye.
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NEWCASTLE United have not received a bid from Monaco for Yohan Cabaye.

French TV station L’Equipe 21 reported yesterday that the midfielder was undergoing a medical ahead of a £23m move to the Stade Louis II.

Earlier this the week, Monaco’s chief executive officer, Vadim Vasilyev, had hinted that Cabaye was among the players interesting the newly-promoted club.

“Yohan Cabaye? He is an exciting player,” Vasilyev told L’Equipe.

But the Gazette understands there has been no bid for Cabaye – who United manager Alan Pardew is keen to keep at St James’s Park – from cash-rich Monaco, who look set to be Europe’s biggest spending club this summer.

However, the report – and Cabaye’s recent public comments – will concern Pardew and fans alike.

Speaking while on international duty with France last week, Cabaye hinted that he was interested in a move to Premier League champions Manchester United.

“For the moment I am at Newcastle,” said Cabaye. “You never know what happens in football.”

“Yes, for sure, (playing for Man United) it could be an interesting challenge but like I said for the moment, there is nothing concrete and I am still at Newcastle.”

Cabaye – who captained Newcastle in the absence through injury of skipper Fabricio Coloccini last season – joined the club from French team Lille two years ago.

Italian club AS Roma have also been linked with a bid for the 27-year-old.

Twitter: @milesstarforth