Alan Pardew confirms Arsenal bid for Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye not acceptable

Image: Yohan Cabaye: Arsenal's bid for Newcastle midfielder 'not acceptable'

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has confirmed a bid for Yohan Cabaye was not acceptable and accused Arsenal of being 'disrespectful' after the midfielder was left out of the team to face Manchester City.

The France international joined Newcastle from Lille in the summer of 2011 and helped the Magpies to finish fifth in the Premier League that season. Newcastle did not fare so well last term, perhaps in part because Cabaye, who has been capped 23 times by France, had to miss some time due to injury. This is Arsenal's second unsuccessful foray into the transfer market this summer following their failure to acquire Liverpool forward Luis Suarez after lodging a well-publicised £40m + £1 bid. And the pressure on Wenger to spend has increased following the news that the Arsenal Supporters Trust have released a statement saying it would be 'inappropriate' to offer the long-serving boss a new contract. Meanwhile, PSG boss Laurent Blanc remained coy when asked about his interest in playmaker Cabaye, but did say that he "loves" the player. When quizzed about Cabaye by reporters following his side's 1-1 draw at home to Ajaccio on Sunday, Blanc appeared reluctant to confirm or deny his interest. "We're still interested in buying more players," said the 47-year-old. "Cabaye? There are a lot of things that you [journalists] write in the press. "At the moment I can only say that I love this player."

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