Monday night brought the news that Newcastle have accepted a second bid from Paris St. Germain for Yohan Cabaye.

The French champions’ first bid of £14m was flatly rejected by the Magpies hierarchy, but the second offer from Laurent Blanc’s side has been accepted and now the player will travel to Paris to negotiate personal terms and undergo a medical.

That means Cabaye will not be part of the side that faces Norwich tonight, although this retraction from the squad is authorised by the Club, not like the self-inflicted withdrawal that occurred at the start of the season when Arsenal came calling for Cabaye.

The fee is believed to be above £16m, meaning Newcastle have made a sizeable profit on the player they signed from Lille for £4.8m in 2011.

All things considered, Newcastle will be happy to make some serious money off the back of a player that wanted to leave for at least 12 months and it’s a bonus that they can sell him abroad.

Cabaye will be a massive loss for the team but it was always coming. Ever since he threw his toys out of the pram when Arsenal came calling in August, even the most optimistic fan knew that it was only a matter of time before the Toon no.4 headed elsewhere.

The 28-year-old can now cement his place in France’s World Cup squad while playing for his boyhood club and Newcastle can move on without having to be haunted regularly by their former star.

The race against time to sign a replacement now starts. Joe Kinnear and co. have three days to find a replacement for Cabaye before the January transfer window shuts.

Some would say there is more chance of hell freezing over before Kinnear gets anyone “over the line”, but we’d all love to be pleasantly surprised.