The pre-Norwich press conference turned into a pre-Cabaye sale question and answer, though Alan Pardew came out with some interesting comments.
The Newcastle manager made clear that if Newcastle do lose Cabaye in January then it is a statement of fact that he must be replaced if Newcastle are to have any chance of continuing or improving their form this season.
Though Pardew also claims we have moved a ‘little closer’ in signing a new striker.
Asked ‘do you feel for the fans’?
“For sure and I think the Andy Carroll one had actually less mileage than this one because that came really out of the blue, probably the Torres transfer was a big part of that. We never expected to see the back of him. I was in this seat saying ‘Andy won’t move’ three days beforehand. I have plenty of witnesses in this room that will tell you that.
“This (Cabaye) has got as much mileage as that one, if not more, because of the size of the club (PSG) and the finance behind it.
“It is a World market, we have had bids (for players) from Middle East and China, Premier League and Ligue 1 in France, so you can never say never.
“Hopefully Cabaye will be playing in his normal role against Sunderland.”
If you lose Cabaye do you have enough in-house to achieve what you want this season?
“No, we’d need to bring somebody in for sure, we can’t lose a player of Cabaye’s quality and not replace him.
“We are hoping to sign a player outside of the Cabaye situation for the second half of the season and we have moved a little closer to that.
Is it a striker?