There are reports in the French press today that Newcastle have acquired the services of French International Yohan Cabaye, who plays for Lille.
Yohan Cabaye - French press say deal is done
Newcastle have been watching Lille a lot since Gervinho is one of Newcastle’s top targets, and the capture of the 25 year old would not be too much of a surprise, sicne they will have seen him play many times.
Cabaye has a £5M release clause in his contract – and the reports today suggest he met with Newcastle officials yesterday, and the signing will be made official in about 10 days time.
Maybe this is the deal Alan Pardew talked about early this week about tying up a player this week?
Cabaye plays as a box-to-box midfielder in the middle of the park, and is described as a player who possesses excellent vision, great ball control, and technical quality, and he is also more than a decent penalty taker.
This even fits the description that Alan gave of the player they were after – Alan had said he played mainly in the middle of the park.
The Tourcoing born player joined Lille back in 1998 and played for all the French Youth sides (U-16, U-18, U-19, U-20, and U-21), and made 15 appearances for the French U21 side, before making his debut for the full France side last year.
He made his full French debut August in the team’s friendly match against Norway on 11th August 2010 under new manager Laurent Blanc.
In his career at Lille has made 252 appearances with 39 goals and 35 assists.
I must tape the Lille game against Rennes today to take a look at this lad – he certainly seems to have some quality.