In a summer in which Premier League clubs have started to wrestle back some of the power from players and their agents when it comes to forcing transfers Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is the latest manager to take an uncompromising stance with an unsettled star.
Pardew admits he has endured one of the toughest weeks of his reign at St James’ Park following Arsenal’s £10.2 million bid for Cabaye which prompted the Frenchman to withdraw from the side thrashed by Manchester City on Monday night.
An anticipated bid from Paris St-Germain has still not been received and following a meeting with owner Mike Ashley and director of football Joe Kinnear in the south of France this week Pardew was in bullish mood.
Pardew said he was “not resigned” to Cabaye leaving ahead of Saturday's first home game of the season against West Ham United. “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 off with the car.’
“It does not work like that. You have to agree and only then can you drive it off. We have had one bid and it was not acceptable.