The drawn out saga of Crystal Palace’s pursuit of Yohan Cabaye is reported to be drawing to a close by Sky Sports.

With apparently Newcastle United, for better or worse, not even bothering to go to the start line in the race for the Fernch playmaker’s signature.

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Yesterday brought reports that a transfer fee had been agreed between Palace and PSG, with personal terms all but agreed as well.

Now Sky Sports have just stated:

‘Sky Sources are telling us that France international Yohan Cabaye is on the verge of joining Crystal Palace from PSG.’

Some fans choose to go over the top about players currently playing for Newcastle, or who have recently done so – often that can be an age thing because after all, if the current lot are all you have watched then how can you compare them to what has gone before?

Whilst I think Yohan Cabaye was nowhere near the class/ability of what Robert Lee or Peter Beardsley (different players to Cabaye but at times played a similar position) did for Newcastle, I think he is quite clearly easily the best midfielder to play in this era of Mike Ashley control.

Along with Demba Ba, by far the best Newcastle signing(s) to have been made in this past 8 years.

Yes not a world beater, but a player where Newcastle were punching above their weight, that is punching above their weight under the strict guidelines that Ashley runs the club under.

Now Crystal Palace are very much the ones who are punching above their weight, a real statement of intent by Alan Pardew’s new club. Quite clearly he must have massively pushed for this deal to happen.

I understand some Newcastle fans being unhappy with how Yohan Cabaye acted when he wanted to leave an unambitious Newcastle United.

However, what I don’t understand are those who talk about a Cabaye deal being ‘too expensive’ for a player ‘of that age’. Or simply that the price tag surpasses his talent.

The same with his wages, some supporters happy that Newcastle United aren’t been landed with alleged one hundred grand a week pay for Cabaye.

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Why do they care about that?

They talk of Newcastle as though it is a normal club, where as much money as possible is generated and then as much as possible of that is spent on improving the squad.

We all know that isn’t the case, the free advertising benefits Ashley and his retail empire, not the club. Whilst in terms of the actual money that is generated, it usually then bears no relation to what is then invested (or not) on players.

Yohan Cabaye is only 29 and I wish he was stepping on the plane to America this weekend, instead of Vurnon Anita, Mehdi Abeid, Emmanuel Riviere and indeed, Jack Colback.

It is a total falsehood that this idea of refusing to buy players over a certain age is somehow a great idea, we just end up accumulating a lot of players who aren’t very good, whilst the odd decent one (Cabaye, Ba etc leaves).

The theory is that they have a sell-on value but the reality is that chances are taken on younger largely unproven players who are brought in who aren’t good enough, they’re on long contracts and then become impossible to get rid of.

Clubs like Everton, Southampton and Swansea just try to buy the best players they can, young or old(er), then hope they produce the form they have already shown. Some players might never ever generate a further transfer fee but instead they get X number of years good football out of them.

Buying cheaper/younger players is a failed policy at Newcastle United and quality experienced players who can instantly do a job are priceless.

If Newcastle end up buying better players than Yohan Cabaye then I’ll be the first to say well done but I just think that we are pursuing a path that will only end up in certain failure.