It took quite a bit of effort, but on Sunday, Newcastle United could finally confirm the club had signed French midfielder Remy Cabella from Montpellier for an undisclosed fee.
The club announced the news on Twitter:
More details were available in the club's press release, via Newcastle's official website:
Newcastle United have completed the signing of attacking midfielder Rémy Cabella from Montpellier. The 24-year-old French international, who can play on either flank or in a central role, has put pen to paper on a six-year contract at St. James' Park and arrives for an undisclosed fee. Born in Corsica, Cabella joined Montpellier at the age of 14 and progressed through the ranks at the Stade de la Mosson.
The player himself was quoted, and he sounded very enthusiastic about the prospect of moving to Newcastle:
It is great to finally be a Newcastle player. This is a move that I really wanted to make, as I have heard nothing but good things about Newcastle United from everyone I spoke to. I wanted to join a great English club and that is why I have arrived here. I'm looking forward to pulling on the shirt and playing in this magnificent stadium, and I will give this Club my maximum.
Cabella was part of the French squad that greatly impressed during the 2014 World Cup, narrowly losing in the quarter-finals to eventual champions Germany. Known as an attacking force, he is equally adept acting as a playmaker as he is in front of goal.
While Cabella didn't make any appearances in the tournament, the experience should help him in the future, and the outlook is bright for him on the national team.
The Frenchman signed a six-year deal at St. James' Park, immediately becoming the team's most high-profile signing of the summer. He should be an immediate impact player, but there is also still a lot of room for improvement in his game.
Club Metro's Andrew Gibney loves the player, although he questions the fit with the Toon:
It's nothing against #NUFC, but I love Cabella and I worry about the fit with the player, team, league, manager and style. He is superb— Andrew Gibney (@Gibney_A) July 13, 2014
Cabella isn't the biggest player, and one of his biggest weaknesses is the way he deals with more physical holding midfielders. He'll have to adapt to the English game, where teams often mark the opposing team's playmakers by any means necessary.
He was lauded for his work ethic while at Montpellier, however, so one has to assume the French international will do everything in his power to adapt to a more physical style of play as quickly as possible.