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Newcastle demand £20m for Cabaye

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August 26, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Arsenal have already had a bid for Yohan Cabaye turned down © Getty Images
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Joe Kinnear has told Arsenal it is up to them to meet Newcastle's asking price for Yohan Cabaye.

Arsenal made an initial bid for Cabaye last week, understood to be £10 million, but Newcastle are reported to be seeking double that figure.

Kinnear, Newcastle's director of football, confirmed that the club are open to a sale - but said Arsenal must substantially increase their offer for Cabaye.

"We've told Arsenal our terms," he said. "The ball is in their court."

Arsene Wenger, meanwhile, remained coy about his intended transfer targets at his press conference on Monday.

"I will not give you any names - it would make wrong hopes," he said. "The disputes we have across the country are because managers talk about other players.

"We have to be discreet. But we work very hard on it. There's no fixed date on transfers. We don't have a fixed number we want. The most important [thing] is to focus on our own squad.

"If I add someone, it has to be special. I'm still optimistic, and I hope we don't disappoint you."

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