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Higginbotham: Newcastle yet to recover from Cabaye sale

Former Stoke City and Sunderland defender Danny Higginbotham believes Newcastle United have been hit hard by the sale of Yohan Cabaye to PSG.

Higginbotham wrote in The Sentinel: "Newcastle's poor run of results has probably had more to do with them selling such a vital player like Yohan Cabaye to PSG in January.

"Contrast that with the benefits Stoke have reaped by making a signing like Peter Odemwingie at around the same time.

"When you lose a key figure like Cabaye, it really can rock the entire dressing room.

"It doesn't just weaken you as a team, but can also send out all the wrong messages about a club's ambition.

"I remember being at Southampton when they sold James Beattie to Everton around the Christmas time and we ended up getting relegated. It was a huge blow because he was such a talisman for us."

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