Alan Pardew admits he would be powerless to prevent Yohan Cabaye joining Manchester United Football Club during the summer window.
Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to find a new playmaker to eventually succeed Paul Scholes, who came out of retirement at the age of 37 back in January.
Cabaye has been linked with a move to Old Trafford following an impressive debut season at Newcastle United, and Pardew admits such speculation is a worry.
“If Yohan Cabaye gets a call from Manchester United and they tell him he is going to be the next Paul Scholes, I am not going to be able to stop him,” he said.
"It is going to cost Manchester United a shedload of money, but until we have UEFA Champions League football, we cannot compete with that."
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