Arsenal are understood to have offered £10million for Cabaye as Arsene Wenger tries to make his first major signing of the summer transfer window.

Premier League rivals Newcastle quickly rejected the bid but Cabaye was not included in Pardew's squad for their opening game of the season at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night.

Pardew confirmed the offer had been turned down and he was trying to focus on picking up a result against likely title contenders City.

"What I can confirm is that on the eve of a game we had a bid for a player that we don't think is acceptable" Pardew told Sky Sports 1.

"Therefore I have to pick what I think is a team out here that's going to get us a result.

"The rights and wrongs of that bid are for other people to make their own opinion. I know what my opinion of it is.

"I don't want to keep going over the same point that is the main focus for the media today but my main focus is to try and get a result for the fans and players."

Arsenal's Premier League season began with a miserable 3-1 home loss to Aston Villa at the Emirates on Saturday and boss Arsene Wenger has been criticised for not strengthening his squad this summer.

Wenger has made it clear he does expect to make signings before the transfer window closes at the end of the month and Cabaye has now emerged as a prime target.

The 27-year-old has been linked with several clubs over the summer notably French champions Paris Saint Germain along with Manchester United and Tottenham.