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Jan 24, 2014

Blanc reaffirms Yohan Cabaye interest

After a strong performance in Newcastle's 2-1 victory away to Aston Villa, Yohan Cabaye is another step towards redemption, according to manager Alan Pardew.

Laurent Blanc has reiterated his interest in Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, confirming he remains a target for Paris Saint-Germain.

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Cabaye, 28, joined the Magpies from Lille in 2011 and has gone on to thrive at St James' Park.

France international Cabaye has been at the heart of the club's success this season and has subsequently seen his name linked to PSG.

Blanc reaffirmed his interest in the player following reports earlier in the month that the club were set to submit a bid in the region of 21 million pounds.

"[Roma's Miralem] Pjanic could be a good alternative to Cabaye," Blanc said during his weekly news conference. "Their profiles are good and they are both targets for PSG."

That follows comments earlier in the week from Blanc in which he admitted he would be keen to add a midfielder to his squad following an injury to Adrien Rabiot.

Speaking to Canal+, Blanc said: "It would be good to recruit a player in the heart of the game, to have an extra player in midfield. We need a player who has the same mentality as the others when they are playing or on the bench.

"He must love to play. He must be technically good and be tough, and whether this player comes or does not come, there will be competition in all positions. I've been saying for a month and a half -- and the injury to Adrien makes it more urgent -- that we need an extra player in midfield."

Asked specifically about Cabaye, Blanc replied:  "I ask myself. I know the man. He has that character, but there are others. We are very happy with this team, but with all the competitions in which we are engaged we must be aware there will be issues, as we have seen with Adrien Rabiot."

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