Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew says he cannot guarantee Yohan Cabaye will remain with the Magpies beyond the end of the current transfer window.
The St. Jamess Park outfit turned down a £14m bid from Paris St-Germain (PSG) for the Frenchman on Sunday.
But when quizzed if he was confident of keeping the 28-year-old at the club, Pardew said: “No, I’m not confident.
“I don’t think any team not in a Champions League position or fighting for a Champions League spot could be.”
Cabaye refused to play for Newcastle in August after they rejected a £10m offer from Arsenal, but later apologised to the club and fans.
In September, he said he was “happy” at the Premier League club but continues to be linked with a move away from Newcastle before the end of January.
Cabaye, who joined Newcastle from Lille Metropole for £4.3m in 2011, has scored 17 goals in 79 appearances for the club.
The Tyneside club are believed to be asking for any fee in excess of £20m for the services of the midfielder.
“We know we have got a club interested in Cabaye, a very wealthy club and a powerful club, and we are conscious of that,” Pardew added. “We are doing our best to protect Newcastle.”