Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has issued an ultimatum to Arsenal in their approach in signing the Magpies midfielder, Yohan Cabaye.
The Gunners had their first bid of £10m turned down by the Tyneside club and are believed to have made a second approach in bringing the French international to the Emirates in the final hours of the transfer window.
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Pardew insisted the interested clubs needs to act quickly in their approach of signing Cabaye as they need to find replacements, should the midfielder decides to make a late move away from St James' Park.
"We've still got a question mark over Cabaye, and we will until 11pm on Monday night. We have replacements in mind, but whether we can get one of those over the line if Cabaye goes late, I'm not sure. It's something we've warned his agents about, that the deal won't happen if they leave it too late, and I think that's fair," Pardew explained.
Cabaye was included in the squad during Newcastle's 1-0 league win over Fulham, after his recent protest. He came from the bench before his compatriot, Hatem Ben Arfa's goal sealed three points for the Magpies.
Pardew believes Cabaye could leave the club before the transfer window shuts on Monday. However, the 52-year-old manager was in praise for the midfielder's role during his side's weekend tie against Fulham at home.
"Of course, but that's the same for all our players really, we're that size club. Today I made it very clear he has a responsibility to our fans and that he needed to get his head round it. And I thought he did that, he was excellent when he came on," Newcastle manager said.
"I also thought the crowd's reaction was right, some weren't sure of him and others were just pleased to see him on the pitch because he's a great player. But that didn't bother him, he just went out there and did a job, made some tackles and showed his commitment and we created a lot more when he came on," Pardew concluded.
Meanwhile, Arsenal's hope of signing Schalke midfielder has improved after the German international admitted that he would consider leaving the Bundesliga outfit, if they receive a sizeable offer for his services.