Arsenal have not made second bid for Yohan Cabaye, says Alan Pardew

Newcastle rejected 'derisory' £10m offer on Monday
• Arsenal believed to be preparing improved bid

Alan Pardew has reiterated that Yohan Cabaye will not be permitted to leave Newcastle United unless the price is right and hinted that the France midfielder may start at home to West Ham United on Saturday.

Cabaye was left out of Pardew's starting lineup before Monday's 4-0 defeat at Manchester City following a £10m bid from Arsenal. If Newcastle's manager was annoyed by Arsène Wenger's timing the problem was exacerbated by the fact that Mathieu Debuchy, the France right-back who did play at City, turned in an uncharacteristically poor performance after being upset by the speculation surrounding Cabaye, his best friend.

After dismissing speculation linking Debuchy with a move to Paris Staint-Germain, Pardew returned to Cabaye. "We are not under any financial pressure to sell anybody," he said. "Yohan is a great player. In my opinion, one of the best in the world in that position and I have worked with a few including Michael Carrick and Mascherano so I like to think I know. I put him in that bracket."

Which explains why Newcastle will play hardball with Arsenal and, possibly, PSG. "Yes maybe there is a solution whereby Yohan moves on but there is also a solution that he continues to play for us," Pardew said.

"I am not resigned to Yohan leaving because you cannot go on a forecourt of a car showroom and say to the dealership 'here is what my valuation is and I'm just going to drive it off'. It does not work like that. You have go agree and only then can you drive it off. We have had one bid and it was not acceptable. I am not sayng Cabaye is definitely out on Saturday.

"I have a good relationship with Yohan. I think it is important that it stays a good relaltionship for him and for me and for this club. The most important thing about this whole sceneario is that the club wins. The club has to win here, no-one else . That is what comes first on my shift. I am manager of this club and will do what is best for the club. So if he stays, we need to get the best out of him."

Pardew's cause is not helped by Joe Kinnear, the club's director of football, struggles to sign new players. So far only Loîc Rémy, the currently injured France striker, has arrived on loan from QPR.

"We have to make sure we get one or two transfers over the line before deadline day," said Pardew who wants at least one more striker.

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