Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pardew Is So Delighted to Land Cabaye; United Buoyed by New Boy, but Doubts over Enrique

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pardew Is So Delighted to Land Cabaye; United Buoyed by New Boy, but Doubts over Enrique

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Byline: LUKE EDWARDS

YOHAN Cabaye will offer Newcastle United something completely different in midfield next season, as Alan Pardew admitted he was relieved to get the France international on board so quickly, writes LUKE EDWARDS.

While United's search for a new striker has faltered with number one target Kevin Gameiro rejecting a move to Tyneside in favour of joining Paris-Saint Germain, the Magpies have already landed their most-wanted midfielder.

Cabaye completed a pounds 4.3m move from French champions Lille last week, and Pardew revealed he had wanted him because he needed someone with the technical ability and energy to dictate play in the centre of midfield.

He said: "To get a player like Yohan in so quickly has been a big bonus. He is the sort of player I wanted in the centre of midfield as he is a little different to the others we have got in there, Kevin Nolan, Cheik Tiot and Danny Guthrie.

"He is a clever player and he is a busy player. We were watching him for a long time and we moved as soon as we could. We're delighted he is here.

"He can spot a good pass and he is good on the ball. I think he will excite people next season, and it's great to have one player in already.

"Not a lot of clubs have managed to do that so it shows how much work we have been doing since January to get the players we need. There is a lot of work still to be done and we know that, but this is a good start."

The joy in seeing Cabaye (pictured right) sign has been tempered by Jos Enrque's continuing refusal to speak to club officials or his manager about staying at St James' Park.

Enrque's representatives were given a new contract offer to consider last week which would have improved the Spaniard's weekly wage from pounds 46,000 to more than pounds 50,000.

However, attempts to contact them since have been met by silence and Pardew appears to be resigned to losing the former Villarreal player, who once claimed he wanted to spend the rest of his career on Tyneside. …

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