5 Midfielders Newcastle United Should Look to Sign to Fill the Yohan Cabaye Void
Newcastle United’s record since Yohan Cabaye’s departure in January does not lie.
Seven games have passed since the Frenchman left for Paris Saint-Germain. The Magpies have failed to score in five of them.
Without his inventiveness and eye for goal, Alan Pardew’s men have struggled. Once again, Toon fans were left scratching their heads after yet another star player was allowed to leave before a replacement was secured.
The club’s job once the summer transfer window opens is simple—to land the kind of midfield talent capable of filling the considerable void left by the former Lille man.
So, with a little over seven weeks remaining of the current campaign, Bleacher Report looks at five stars Newcastle could turn to as they look to replace their former favourite.
Having failed to land Clement Grenier during the latter stages of the January transfer window, Newcastle United will be tempted to try again this summer.
Currently out of action with a groin injury, the 23-year-old has just over a year to run on his current contract with Olympique Lyonnais and remains firmly on the Magpies’ radar.
Despite a move to St. James’ Park falling through this winter, per the Daily Mail’s Colin Young, Toon boss Alan Pardew could rekindle his interest over the coming months.
As things stand, the 27-year-old will be out of contract this summer and available on a free transfer—a factor that would increase competition for the attacking midfielder’s signature.
The likes of Bayer Leverkusen, Tottenham Hotspur and Besiktas have been linked with a move for the German international. However, according to Deutsche Presseagentur (via Sky Sports), Hunt is remaining coy on his future.
Neither the player nor his club are prepared to comment on the situation at present amid speculation that he has already informed Werder of his intention to quit.
Another free transfer option this summer is France international Jeremy Menez, whose contract with Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain is in its final few months.
Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus have all been linked with the playmaker, according to Metro’s Hannah Duncan, but the promise of regular first-team football could be the ace up Newcastle United’s sleeve.
The 26-year-old could also have his head turned by the number of French-speaking players in the St. James’ Park dressing room.
While his wage demands could throw up a potential stumbling block, signing a player of Menez’s caliber could be just the lift the Magpies need ahead of the 2014-15 campaign.
Beyond the somewhat immature rhetoric of Montpellier chairman Louis Nicollin, a deal to take Remy Cabella to Newcastle United could yet be struck this summer.
Earlier this month, the Stade de la Mosson supremo advised the 24-year-old to steer well clear of the North East, according to David Wright in The Express.
However, in a report by the Daily Star’s Gary Jones, it seems Nicollin’s mood has lifted of late and the Magpies are ready to test the water once more in an attempt to land the former France under-21 star.
By the beginning of March, Cabella had contributed to 45.5 percent of his team’s goals this term, scoring 10 and assisting in five more. He also has eight man-of-the-match awards this season—more than any other Ligue 1 player.
Siem De Jong
Heavily linked with a £9 million move for Ajax captain Siem De Jong last year, Newcastle United could be ready to firm up their long-term interest with a concrete offer.
It was 14 months ago that the Daily Mail’s Simon Jones suggested a move for the Netherlands international might materialise, and this January another bid was heavily mooted by Metro’s Jamie Sanderson.
Currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, the 25-year-old has become a vital component for the Eredivisie leaders, but he has repeatedly stated his intention to leave Holland in search of a fresh challenge.
His younger brother, Luuk, is currently on loan at St. James’ Park. If his move from Borussia Monchengladbach is made permanent, it would be hugely tempting for De Jong senior to join the Toon’s growing Dutch contingent.
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