Yohan Cabaye has suddenly become a free agent.

The former Newcastle United midfielder saw his contract end in the summer at Crystal Palace and chose to move to Arabian Gulf League side Al Nasr.

Knocking back a new Palace deal after making 31 Premier League appearances for them in 2017/18, Yohan Cabaye instead signed a two year deal with the Arabian Gulf League side.

He played 18 times for the club in the first half of their season and scored twice.

They are on a mid-season break currently and on Sunday night Al Nasr dramatically announced that they had come to an agreement to release Yohan Cabaye only months into his two year deal.

Al Nasr revealed that fellow summer signings Samuel Rosa and Marquinhos Gabriel were also been released early.

Yohan Cabaye is now a free agent and able to sign for another club, so would a move to Newcastle United be good for both player and club?

Ki Sung-yeung is away until February with South Korea at the Asian Cup and has had a hamstring issue that forced him off in their first group game and ruled him out of the second.

Meanwhile Jonjo Shelvey hasn’t been able to start a game for 11 weeks now due to a thigh problem and has made trips to Barcelona to see a specialist to try and get to the bottom of the problem.

Mohamed Diame is also out injured now and Rafa Benitez had no alternative but to give Sean Longstaff his first ever Premier League start on Saturday.

Longstaff playing alongside the only other currently fit central midfielder, Isaac Hayden, who has said once again this window that he is desperate to leave Newcastle.

With the crucial relegation clash against Cardiff on Saturday, fans are wondering just who Rafa can play against Blackburn on Tuesday night in the FA Cup replay, maybe not even being able to risk Hayden and Longstaff.

Yohan Cabaye left Al Nasr only hours before turning 33 today (Monday) and as for fitness, he was playing as recently as 28 December before the mid-season break, so would be ready to play immediately.

With any chance of paying sizeable money for players seeming as far away as ever, plus Newcastle having already their quota of loan players from other Premier League clubs, surely a short-term move until the end of the season for Yohan Cabaye should be backed if Rafa wants to go for it.

In two weeks time it will be exactly five years since Mike Ashley pocketed £20m when selling Yohan Cabaye to PSG. Killing yet another season by not allowing any of that cash to be spent in January 2014.



  • Steven05

    (the following comments could be interesting 🍿)

  • Pezza

    At 33, why would Cabaye sign a 6 month deal?

    • Ram Kishore

      Maybe he won’t sign, maybe he will.
      But there’s nothing wrong in trying though when things are this bad

      • Pezza

        That is true but he went to the middle East for a long contract and good money.

        • Ram Kishore

          Yeah, it is true.

          But that was 6 months ago. Anything is a possibility after he’s been released from his long contract and good money.

          Our club has taken players on 6 months loan, mostly gambles like Slimani and Doumbia. Wouldnt be that bad in his case as he’s proven at this level.

          If you ask me whether he’d sign for us?
          No.

          • porciestreet

            And we do our blossomming kids more harm by continually pushing them aside thangetting them used to

          • Kenny

            They have to be pushed aside when you`re facing relegation

          • porciestreet

            Point taken, but my point was why go grave robbing with players like Cabaye and Ben Arfa….?
            If only fatboy woud just drop dead , we could solve a mountain of problems.
            Having said that…who would run the show if he was to become deceassed…?

          • Steven05

            I’ve been convinced for a long time that they’ll be something in his will or some kind of paperwork that will say if/when he dies/gets killed, the club will automatically be given away to Kevin Ball or a Simon Jordan type piece of sh!!te

            He’s let his spite influence a lot of his decisions regarding this club. I don’t believe he is 100% just about the money.

          • Ram Kishore

            Having Cabaye for 6 months necessarily won’t push our reserve team players aside. Bringing them on during relegation struggle won’t help either the player or our team unless our players are good enough to make the step up right now.

            Even Cabaye should be the right player for Rafa and the team in our relegation struggle otherwise there is no point in signing him as he will be another expensive mistake

          • Pezza

            I think that’s the key, loans have to benefit the player too. Cabaye may come if we offer a £2m bonus to keep us up.

          • Ram Kishore

            1 million pound bonus+ wages being paid for 6 months to keep us up wouldn’t be worse when we are not sure of bringing in any players this window (especially when haggling over the fees for new players).

      • Kneebotherm8

        Believe me Ram……….Mike IS trying………………he’s very fckn trying……

  • A no-brainer if he comes for a trial to assess fitness. If fit, give him a 1-year deal. He can do free kicks, great passing and a strong mental presence on the pitch.
    I do doubt it will happen though.

    • Kenny

      He`s fit ok he`s been playing

      • Could be a serious injury there we don’t kno about. Lots of players keep playing with injuries

        • Tommy

          His last game was 2 weeks ago i doubt he is injured.

  • Kenny

    Traitor, snide, French.
    welcome home bonnie lad
    😂😂😂

    • Toontaff

      The smell of blue cheese and onions………..

    • Billmag

      Just what we need someone on the decline.

      • Kenny

        We have a squad that can`t decline because they aren`t any good in the 1st place.

        • Billmag

          Should have said we don’t want another one on the decline.😂

  • New Durham Mags

    Never gunna happen !!!
    His wages will be too high. sure he was on over 60K at palace.
    could probably still do a job for us as well seen as though we dont have any fit midfielders.

    • Dave Pattinson

      I’m sure Fatboy could come up with something to tempt him back. Any ideas? 😂

  • Mr_Kinnear

    Oh dear short term clutching at straws its not going to happen

  • 1ewis

    Love to have him back. We are in no position to pick and choose. A free transfer is better than no transfer.

  • Squintytoonarmy

    Better than Hayden – but then again so am I

  • Amersham Mag

    Did you see him play before he left Palace??? Thought Not…..Wonder if Big Al is available or even Rob Lee.
    We need to look forward with the likes of Longstaff etc..

    • Sam

      Longstaff instead of Cabaye, go watch tennis & Palace happen to want him back

      • Amersham Mag

        Are we talking about the same Yohan Cabaye who refused to play for the Toon to force a move? FFS get a grip…

  • wheyayeman

    Never going to happen! Sadly

  • Paul Patterson

    Offer him a £70k deal until the end of next season with a clause that allows both parties to break the contract if we’re relegated.
    It’s a sensible solution.
    We can’t afford to not do it..

  • Tommy

    Compared with Perez he makes Cabaye look like Messi

  • Mrkgw

    Already articles from Palace supporters out there stating ‘Bring Him Home’. They consider him to he ‘theirs’ and so, with the scrooge in Ashley still pulling the strings we haven’t a hope.

  • TeessideMag

    He’s played under this regime… Who the hell would come back?! I’d say its more ‘escaped’ than ‘left’

  • graham18

    it will take more than Cabaye to keep us up

  • Weyhhadaway

    We seem to be assuming that because he is an ex toon player it is more likely, that means nothing. although I agree he is better than most of what we have if he is fit.

    He always wanted to be in London too, so any Cockney team is in a better position than us.

  • Matthew

    this is a sensible and logical move, therefore no chance will this mob even consider it!

  • degs01

    💤 thought I was reading the Chron

  • Mxpx

    Not sure this is a good move he’s struggled more recently with Palace and isn’t the player we sold although would love that player back

  • HarryHype59

    Fatty would offer him a SD style zero hour minimum wage contract!

  • Mr wobert

    If you were a halfway decent player you would want a decent wage, I don’t believe fatty would pay it, so I’m left thinking only a donkey or a chimp would come for the peanuts available,so the hype goes on about who may come here we are toxic all because of fatty, bye Rafa good luck in your next appointment and thanks for trying even if the owner didn’t