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Cabaye could play for Arsenal - Pardew

Yohan Cabaye celebrates with first team coach John Solako. Credit: PA

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew believes Yohan Cabaye would have slotted straight into Arsenal's starting line-up if the midfielder had signed for the Gunners this summer.

Cabaye moved to Selhurst Park in July but was regularly linked with Arsenal and went close to joining the north London side two years ago.

"Two years ago Yohan wouldn't play (for Newcastle) at Manchester City because he thought he was going to Arsenal so it's quite ironic he's now here with us at Crystal Palace," Pardew said.

"He's a fantastic player, we're honoured to have him and he's definitely the level of Arsenal players.

"I don't think Arsene Wenger or anyone at Arsenal would disagree with that.

"We have a player who could definitely play in their team and that's a nice feeling for us."

Bristol City have Gayle bid accepted

Gayle could be heading to Ashton Gate. Credit: PA

Championship side Bristol City are hoping to sign Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace after manager Steve Cotterill said the Premier League club have accepted their bid for the English forward.

Gayle, who would have to drop a division if the transfer goes ahead, has yet to speak to the Robins about the potential deal.

The striker, 24, joined Palace from Peterborough for a reported £6m in July 2013 and scored five Premier League goals for the club last season.

"He's someone we'd like to have at the football club," Cotterill said. "We've had a bid accepted and that's as far as it's gone.

"We need to speak to the player and his agent. I don't think anything has changed whilst we've been playing."

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