PSG have struck second time lucky Yohan Cabaye after they have had a £19 million bid accepted today by Newcastle. Yesterday Newcastle rejected a £14 million bid by PSG and were slated to be bracing themselves for a second bid after manager Alan Pardew took a dim view of Cabaye's future at Newcastle during a press conference today.
"No, I'm not confident".
"I don't think any team not in a Champions League position or fighting for a Champions League spot could be."
As Newcastle have accepted the bid, Cabaye will immediately fly over for a medical and will miss Newcastle's match with Norwich tomorrow.
Some will say that Newcastle gave up too easily, but truth be told the writing was on the wall as soon as PSG edged towards the £20 million mark.
An attempt to block any deal like Newcastle did in the summer would have most likely resulted in another strike by Cabaye, disrupting the momentum Newcastle have gained in what has been a relatively successful season.
With Newcastle four points off the safety zone of 40 points, relegation is not a threat. In fact, Newcastle are 12 points ahead of 10th place Aston Villa and look almost certain to finish in the top half.
They will be weary of the fact they started the season rather poorly when Cabaye was on strike, however, with a top 9 placing in the league more or less guaranteed, Pardew will feel as though he has time to scout the world to find a ideal replacement.