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Football: Newcastle reject PSG's Cabaye bid - report

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Newcastle United have rejected a bid for their France international midfielder Yohan Cabaye from big-spending French champions Paris Saint-Germain, according to British media reports on Sunday.

PSG coach Laurent Blanc has described Cabaye as a "target" and Britain's Press Association claims that Newcastle have turned down a £14 million ($23.1 million, 16.9 million euros) offer for the 28-year-old from the French giants.

Cabaye joined Newcastle from Lille for £4.3 million in 2011 and has regularly been linked with a move away from St James' Park, with Arsenal reportedly having a £10 million bid for him rejected last August.

Cabaye subsequently issued an apology to the club's fans after being left out for Newcastle's first three games of the season over the affair.

Speaking on Friday, Blanc confirmed PSG's interest in both Cabaye and Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic.

"They are two targets that are interesting for Paris Saint-Germain," he said.

"They have the same profile and they're very technical. There are negotiations, which sometimes go on. Will it become concrete? I don't know.

"If a midfielder arrives, I'll be very happy, and if not, for whatever reason, we'll make do. We've done that for the first six months (of the season) and it hasn't gone too badly."

Blanc can already call upon Thiago Motta, Blaise Matuidi, Marco Verratti, Javier Pastore and Adrien Rabiot in central midfield, but he is looking to bolster a squad that is competing in Ligue 1, the League Cup and the Champions League.

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