Newcastle United face the prospect of losing unsettled midfielder Yohan Cabaye as their summer of discontent took a disastrous turn in Manchester.
Cabaye had been the subject of a £10million offer from Arsenal which was turned down by Newcastle and described by insiders as “derisory”.
But they left the midfielder out of their debacle at the Etihad and are braced for another bid from the Gunners, as well as the prospect of Paris Saint Germain solidifying their interest in one of their key men.
The club are aware that Cabaye wants to play Champions League football and know that they will struggle to persuade him to stay at St James’ Park.
They are understood to want around £20million for the France international – with Pardew apparently confident that the money will be re-invested in the team.
That is an absolute necessity after an opening day defeat that saw Newcastle out-classed by Manchester City and lucky to escape the Etihad with just a four-goal beating.
Supporters chanted for the club to spend money in the transfer market as a woeful display was punished by an excellent Citizens side.
Pardew now faces the unenvious prospect of trying to salve the wounds of their opening day hammering while also deciding the next course of action with regard to Cabaye.
“On the eve of the game we have received a bid for the player which we deem unacceptable,” Pardew told Sky Sports before the game.
“I have to pick what I think is a team to get us a result. The rights and wrongs of it (the bid) other people can have an opinion on. I know what my opinion is.”