The Sunday newspapers are reporting that Arsenal have £15 million to spend and are interested in Newcastle United’s pair of midfielders Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye, but which player do the Gunners really want and would the Magpies sell either at that price?
With less than one week to go in the 2012 summer transfer market, Newcastle have done well to keep all of their big names and manager Alan Pardew will be counting down the hours until the window shuts and he has his squad intact.
However, the news in the newspapers this morning suggest that he might struggle to do that, with Arsenal looking to sign Cheick Tiote according to the Sunday Mirror, while the Sunday Express suggests that they’re actually interested in Yohan Cabaye.
Tiote looks like the more likely move, given that Arsenal have just sold defensive midfielder Alex Song to Barcelona for £15m, but whether Newcastle would sell at the same price is a very different matter.
Newcastle have previously quoted in the region of £20m for Tiote when Chelsea were said to be interested earlier in the summer, and with him tied to the club for another five years, the Magpies hold all the cards in any transfer negotiations.
As for Cabaye, he’s only been in the north-east for one season and as his stock continues to rise following an excellent first season in English football and an impressive Euro 2012, £15m again looks a little on the small side when you take into account Mike Ashley’s selling techniques.
It looks like a bid in the £15m region will come in from Arsenal for one of the two, but Newcastle need to stand firm and ensure that they keep their squad together for the 2012/13 campaign so that they can have a real go in the Premier League and Europe.