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Pardew dismisses Cabaye reports

Alan Pardew has laughed off reports that Barcelona could prise midfielder Yohan Cabaye away from Newcastle United for as little at £8 million.

Cabaye, 26, proved to be one of the buys of last season after a £4.8 million switch from French double-winners Lille, and further enhanced his reputation on international duty with France at the Euro 2012 finals.

Reports on Wednesday suggested that Barca were weighing up whether to make a bid for Cabaye or his French midfield team-mate Yann M'Vila - but with the Magpies ready to fend off all but "silly money" offers for their players, Pardew has warned the Spanish giants not to bother.

He said: "The interest is purely speculative. We have had no contact, and certainly no offer, and obviously we wouldn't even consider an offer anywhere near that region."

Cabaye is the latest in a long line of Newcastle players to have been linked with summer moves away from the north-east after excelling in last season's surprise surge to fifth place in the Premier League.

"The type of club we are, where we are not in the higher reaches of European football, we haven't got that finance and our players are going to be linked to other clubs. It's flattering to us and to Cabaye to be linked with Barcelona," Pardew said, joking: "I probably leaked it myself."

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