Arsenal target Yohan Cabaye refuses to play for Newcastle

WANTED MAN ... Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye.
WANTED MAN ... Newcastle's Yohan Cabaye.

YOHAN Cabaye’s Newcastle United future is in the balance – after he refused to play for the club.

The midfielder was not involved in the goalless draw against West Ham United at St James’s Park this afternoon.

Cabaye also didn’t feature in the club’s season opener against Manchester City on Monday night.

After that game, United manager Alan Pardew said Cabaye’s “head had been turned” by a bid from Arsenal, which was made public.

The offer, understood to be around £10m, was turned down by Newcastle.

Arsenal are yet to improve their bid, while reports in France suggest Paris Saint-Germain have cooled their interest in the 27-year-old.

Cabaye was in line to be picked against West Ham, but the Gazette understands he was unwilling to play.

The former Lille player’s days at St James’s Park are looking numbered.

But United are ready to stand firm on their valuation, which stands well in excess of £20m.

Reports in France have suggested Cabaye is keen to join a Champions League club.

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