Newcastle United have at last found an agreement to sign Remy Cabella from Montpellier, it seems, following the latest comments from within the Ligue 1 outfit's camp.
Le Parisien's Julien Laurens quotes Montpellier CEO Laurent Nicollin in confirming that the attacker could soon leave the club with which he's spent the last decade of his career:
Montpellier and Newcastle have found an agreement for the transfer of Remy Cabella. "We have a deal" said Laurent Nicollin, club's CEO.— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) July 11, 2014
The Chronicle's Lee Ryder has a reported fee:
£12million fee being mooted from Montpellier for Cabella. #nufc— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) July 11, 2014
Cabella recently travelled to Brazil as part of Didier Deschamps' World Cup squad, but he failed to figure for Les Bleus before they were knocked out by Germany at the quarter-final stage.
Ben McAleer of WhoScored.com shows just how highly rated the attacking midfielder was by the statistical analysis website in the most recent Ligue 1 campaign:
Alan Pardew has been in the hunt for Cabella's services for more than a year now, hoping to bring the playmaker in as another addition to his already thriving contingent of French talent.
There, he would join countrymen Moussa Sissoko, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yoan Gouffran, Massadio Haidara, Sylvain Marveaux and Mathieu Debuchy, each of whom previously turned out in the French top flight.
Cabella would also be Newcastle's fourth summer signing, following Siem de Jong, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez to St. James' Park.
Jonathan Johnson will be one of those more disappointed with the news, however, presumably of the disposition that Cabella is capable of moving closer to Europe's elite at this stage in his career:
Montpellier's 15th-place Ligue 1 finish last term undoubtedly played its role in Cabella's apparent decision to move on from the club, with Newcastle a brighter option at present following their Premier League run to 10th in 2013-14.
Pardew would seem adamant to persevere with his French infusion at Chateau Nouveaux, and perhaps it will come to pay great dividends.
For now, though, Cabella's deal is yet to be rubber-stamped, and the north-east outfit will shift their full focus toward seeing one of France's most sought-after talents becoming their own.