Arsenal have been dealt a hammerblow in their chase to sign Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko, with Paris Saint Germain looking to snap him up.
A report from the Sunday People suggests that the Ligue 1 side might have the advantage over Arsenal, in that they are willing to provide Newcastle with an immediate and direct replacement.
Newcastle fans would be delighted to hear that the player on the table for them is none other than former hero Yohan Cabaye.
Cabaye moved to PSG last January for a huge fee, but has failed to settle since his return to France, and is certainly not as integral as he was at St. James’ Park.
Newcastle value Sissoko at £20 million, and while Arsenal are thought to be keen on him as the man to lead their midfield, they could fall behind in the race if Cabaye is on the table.
Securing his return would make sense for Mike Ashley, who could face revolt from the passionate Toon Army if he sanctions the sale of Sissoko without improving the side.
Arsenal are considering putting together a £16 million bid for Newcastle United central midfielder Moussa Sissoko in the January transfer window.
However, a lack of funds could put an end to any chase for the French international.
Arsene Wenger reportedly has only £20 million to spend on reinforcements in the transfer window.
The Gunners are in real need of a powerful central midfielder to offer more balance to their side.
They were forced to play a central midfield trio of Mathieu Flamini, Santi Cazorla and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain against Liverpool at the weekend, showing their weakness in the middle of the park.
However, with limited funds available to him, Wenger has to balance his midfield issues with the need for a new central defender.
As a result, the Mirror are reporting that, while Sissoko is on a transfer wish list, a move may not be forthcoming.
Sissoko recently admitted his love for Arsenal, telling the press: “Arsenal were my favourite club when I was young and my idol was Patrick Vieira. I have always loved this club and I still love them.
“I have ambition. My goal is to play at the best clubs, playing the Champions League, win trophies, but today I am a Magpie and I am very happy.”