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Confusion Over Newcastle’s Cabella Deal

10:57 pm, Monday, January 20th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 61 Comments

Joe Kinnear is negotiating with Montpellier for a deal involving Montpellier’s midfielder Remy Cabella, who has been a target of Newcastle’s for a few months now.

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Remy Cabella – reports that an agreement reached with Newcastle

And tonight the Montpellier Vice-President Laurent Nicollin, who is the son of Montpellier President Louis,  told the French site Midi Libre, that an agreement has been reached:

“We have an agreement with the leaders of Newcastle that I will not reveal,” ”But it does not include a departure for Remy before June, it is a certainty.”

But Newcastle have quickly denied a deal has been made, and it could be the deal is very close but not yet signed, and it  makes sense for Newcastle to deny that a deal has been completed, until everything is tied up and Remy Cabella’s signature is on the bottom line.

Sky Sports were first to report the deal, and the above quote, but on the Midi Libre web-site right now, Laurent Nicollin is saying other clubs are still in the bidding. :(

This is the quote on Midi Libre at the moment, from the Montpellier Vice-President:

“Discussions with leaders of Newcastle, as with other clubs, are open. We are ready to discuss. But for Rémy, he is not expected to leave before June, it is a certainty”

Those two statements say different things.

We’ll just have to wait and see in the day or so what transpires, but if we were take a guess, the deal must be very close with Newcastle.

And with Newcastle also being linked with top 21 year-old top Egyptian International Mohamed Salah,  who usually plays out on the right wing, and is currently at Basel in Switzerland, it could be that Newcastle are trying to sign two players, before PSG make their move for Yohan Cabaye, which the French press are forecasting will happen before the end of January.

If Newcastle can get these two signings set up, it will maybe be a little bit easier for Newcastle to let Cabaye go for something over £20M.

But Joe Kinnear has also said he will not let any top player  leave Newcastle this month – however if PSG do come in with say a £21M bid, it will be very hard for owner Mike Ashley to turn that down, for a player we paid just over £4M for a short 30 months ago.

What do you think?

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61 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 20, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    By the laws of JfA and with the authority of the holy blog god, I hereby repost this within the 10 minute time frame…


    Ok…I found your post as it was one of the last on last night’s last blog as you said. I don’t get it though. Of course I’d take Europe, even Europa League, but I’m not sure what you’re suggesting I was saying is a pipe dream? CL? This season, yes. I can’t see us overtaking 4 clubs to get it.

  • 2 Toonfan8 // Jan 20, 2014 at 11:04 PM

    oh, it would be dream come true if we sign Cabella and Salah…but if this will happen, HBA is out in the summer…never mind I am very happy that we are after these top young players, Salah is great winger…..we should go for Gomis too, especially for this low price….that would be excellent window…..
    great bench with Haidara,Collo,Saylor,Anita,Goofy,Shola,HBA….

  • 3 BandB // Jan 20, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Toon Darn Sarf,

    Thank you for explaining. I may have misunderstood what you meant by: “fourth is a pipe-dream.”


    “We fans may wish the excitement of a European push but unless we build up properly, it only ends up being a flash in the pan.”

    It’s just that you sometimes seem to espouse different points of view, depending on who you are debating.
    You told me you’d take Europe in a flash.
    Other times you argue it is possible, but only on some very elastic timescale, counselling the patience of Job.
    And frequently you have argued that Newcastle will never be able to compete with the teams who regularly claim those places, because football has changed so much that our traditional claim to “big-clubness” (our gate) is obsolete and irrelevant.
    What sort of timescale is the one you imagine?
    Is it now, whenever, or never?

  • 4 Graeme // Jan 20, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    TF8 – If that was to happen, Collo would be on his way home; Saylor would throw his toys out the pram and seek first team footy elsewhere; Shola, who should have been released years ago, should be away at end of season.
    The actual team doesn’t look bad – if only lol

  • 5 jimmysmith // Jan 20, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    We now do appear to be on the cusp of putting together a quite formidable side, hopefully that pans out, but it has been a bit of a painful and painstaking process to have endured and now more than ever I think those who pay at the turnstiles are deserving of a top team to support.

    Losing Cabaye though and not strengthening well with the proceeds would be a bitter pill to say the least, and certainly not beyond the realms of possibility. Cabaye would seem to have developed into a playmaker of the highest quality and will be by no means easy to replace.

  • 6 Big Pappa Cissé // Jan 20, 2014 at 11:21 PM

    I hope this isn’t the Debuchy saga all over again :(

  • 7 ToonDarnSarf // Jan 20, 2014 at 11:26 PM


    Please don’t confuse what I want as a NUFC fan with what I believe will happen as a football fan, businessman and a realist.

    I want to see the club build up slowly so we can close the gap on the likes of Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool. I’d rather invest well in that way and be a top 6 club in 3 years than fluke it into the Europa League this year, then struggle to 10th next season.

    For the foreseeable future we can’t regularly compete with Man
    Utd, Chelski and City because they have huge revenues to strengthen. Arsenal and Liverpool are very wealthy too. Spurs are still some distance ahead but are the ones we need to target. For us to catch them on more than a one-off basis, we need to make consistently better decisions than them.

  • 8 JP...from The Rock // Jan 20, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    This is becoming a major drag. It’s enough that Newcastle es a roller-coaster ride on the pitch, but to have another with each transfer we try is too much to deal with.

    I build up hopes, then have them dented by contradicting stories, then I am lifted again by positive news regarding the transfer only to hear other negative quotes the next day.

    It’s ridiculous! Thank God I am still young or else I would have serious issues with my health with all of this shite!

  • 9 manxpie // Jan 20, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    has anyone seen that the next possible fifa president is more of a rugby fan!!!
    and wants the same kinda rules in football?
    i.e an extra card for sin bins?

    wat a joke like! who actually votes these people in and where do they come from?

    he said the refs are under so much scrutiny!
    so why bring an extra rule in, that will be under much much more scrutiny! bonkers like!

  • 10 TurkishFan101 // Jan 20, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Hope Mbiwa starts at the back next game as Debuchy is making his way back to RB. If Mbiwa is dropped for Saylor… This will halt any progress and development for Mbiwa. Just like we halted Anita’s progress when we benched him for the past nearly 2 seasons. Now look, he should of been playing the day we got him, Graham Carr doesn’t spot “Gems” so they sit on the bench to spectate.

    But then again, look what Pardew has done to Ben Arfa, he’s put his confidence down by benching him every but 1 game this season, made him change his playing philosophy and only gets 5-8 min a game which he expects him to change the game while they play defensive containing football which has happened every single game in second half.

    Looks like Ben Arfa has been Pardewed along with Marveaux, Cisse. Then you got fans saying sell Cisse hes sh!t, cash on him!! Two opinionated biased fans. When he starts magically banging them in another team, who you going to blame then? hes track record proves hes a natural goal scorer and consistent.

    As stats show this season, we are the team that shoot most “OUTSIDE OF THE BOX” rather then in on the oppositions half. What does this mean for Cisse? Let me explain to you fans that dont understand. Cisse is a Poacher, he always play in between the last 2 defenders, now that Pardew doesnt play for attacking final ball football, he plays attack Around the box and shoot from far to catch out the oppositions GK. Any fan can see this.

    Another thing I absolutely hate is Pardew constantly parking the bus after second half talks. We are 1-0 or 2-1 up and he just tells the lads to sit back contain, this will only invite upon more pressure. The second half against West Ham crushed me, we got dominated by a very, very, very poor team that has Lowest points..
    Lowest Points: per Game
    0.82 West Ham United, Sunderland, Cardiff City.

    Opinions appreciated!

  • 11 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 20, 2014 at 11:45 PM


    that was a good lineup until you had Shola on the bench lol

  • 12 Toonfan8 // Jan 20, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Shola is usefull in some matches, especially in the end, when we are leading, to hold up ball and help in defensive set pieces…Collo and Saylor for me are worse than Mbiwa and Willo…they are our best CB pairing…maybee Haidara should start for Santon too, but it wont happen under Pardew….but if these players come, we will have plenty of options…for me Cisse is deadwood, Obertan too…Jonas too, i am glad he is out, i like him as a person, but as a footballer is not good enough for NUFC…if we can bring Salah and Cabella we will be very good, killing from counters :D

  • 13 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 20, 2014 at 11:48 PM

    PSG should offer 20 million + Verratti for Cabaye, simples.

  • 14 Toonfan8 // Jan 20, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    Black and White with an army lol
    if Kinnear can bring one striker in this january, Gomis, Sow or i dont know who…then Shola can go where he wants :D but now for me, he is better than Cisse :D :D

  • 15 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 20, 2014 at 11:51 PM

    i haven’t heard of this Mohamed Salah but i checked FM 14 and he’s an quick little bugger with great flair he plays on both wings and is left footed so in terms he’s an natural winger on the left but an inside forward on the right and he’s young.

    looks promising

  • 16 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 20, 2014 at 11:53 PM


    we should get Leandro Damioa a proper striker, Sow also i would get but Gomis for me is another Cisse but saying that we will never know

  • 17 Toonfan8 // Jan 20, 2014 at 11:53 PM

    Salah is great prospect, very fast and has killer instinct in him…he also scored against Chelski I think this season

  • 18 Toonfan8 // Jan 20, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    check this out :

  • 19 Toonfan8 // Jan 20, 2014 at 11:57 PM

    Gomis is better in hold up ball game, is stronger…better suited to EPL game, also played many games in the champions league

  • 20 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM


    imagine Salah and HBA on the wings with cabella in the middle

    OUCH this would hurt every team

  • 21 Toonfan8 // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Leandro Damiao is great striker, but I think he is out of our price range

  • 22 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    well if we get these two lads in we can ship out Jonas & Obertan and bring in Ince

  • 23 Toonfan8 // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    that would be killer team :D with that speed and skills….Salah for me is even better prospect than HBA

  • 24 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:02 AM


    way nor we could just swap him with Shola ;)

  • 25 kt97toonarmy // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:02 AM


    Not a lot to disagree with there to b honest. But u could say cisse hasnt had much of a chance since he was dropped all the way back when we played everton. Besides last couple of games ive seen cisse play cardiff, stoke. Hes scored nd played well. But pardew still picks shola? Who goal record is nothing short of pathetic if im honest

    The deal on cabella seems confusing. Lots of media speculation. I havent seen the kid play but id rather we payed 13 to 15 million on a striker who will score 20 goals a season without fail.

    I no its a week away but heres my team for norwich (if we dont sign no1. Which seem likley)



    I no i might get critisised for no santon but he got blown away by west hams right side. Carroll nd cole missed there sitters both being crosses from that side.

  • 26 manxpie // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    tbh if we sold cabeye and got 2 quick attacking wingers i’d be happy
    we’ve got sisko and anita and arfa who can play in same or similar positions plus get 2 desperatly needed attacking wide players that we’ve needed for about 5 years

  • 27 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    Fantasy line up

    Debuchy, Willo, MYM, Santon
    Sissoko, Tiote
    HBA, Cabella, Salah

    subs – Elliot, Haidara, Collo, Anita, Gouffran, Cisse, Ince

  • 28 Toonfan8 // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:07 AM

    Cisse offers nothing apart from goals, and he looks like he lost his goalscoring form….

  • 29 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:08 AM


    could be because he’s an poacher

  • 30 manxpie // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    we could have in a 433

    sisko tiote anita

    arfa cf cabella


    sisko tiote anita

    salah cf remy


    …………..well wat i’m getting at is alot more options in the attacking sense!?

  • 31 toon22 // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    HBA is a show pony,he needs moving on.
    Kebabs need to be given a new contract.
    We need a striker to replace strolla as hes rubbish.
    Cisse needs selling even if we dont get anyone in to replace.
    Willo is our best CH whoever suits him is his partner.
    Collo we go in the summer probs dont need a replacement.
    We need to play Tiote and Anita in the same team.

  • 32 kt97toonarmy // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:10 AM

    Just watched that salah video. No wonder they call him a rocket. Nd i think hes a bargin at 12 million id

  • 33 Laurent Robert 32 // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    Toonfan, he needs regular quality service before he gets regular goals.

  • 34 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:11 AM

    we need advance forwards like Remy & Gouffran if we want more goals, having poachers like Cisse or gomis would add more problems to our goal tally

  • 35 kt97toonarmy // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:12 AM

  • 36 Toonfan8 // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Salah is very fast, quicker than Obertan and can play football

  • 37 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:13 AM


    i will believe this when JFK and AP says so

  • 38 toon22 // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    If we offer Kebabs massive money he will realise he is happy here.

    You cant always sell and buy better,imho if we sell him the rest of our french players will be worse off.

    He has become the heart of our french part of our team and needs to be our captain.

  • 39 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:15 AM


    as he is a great player he’s not getting any younger and his skills will diminish over time and would be harder to get the valuation he’s worth now

  • 40 toon22 // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    With a quick number 10 you need a partner who is good in the air and can hold up the ball.

    Do you think AC has a clause which means he can move if WH are religated?

  • 41 Toonfan8 // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    we have to bring Salah, in away games he will be unstopable :D and we need Cabaye…

  • 42 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    and also with that kind of money from him we could get Cabella who is also a playmaker, Salah very fast and skilful and Ince the same we have got ourself’s a bargain

  • 43 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:20 AM


    AC with his injury record? i would rather look elsewhere

  • 44 Black and White with an army lol // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    even better news for me would be for Pardew to go back to WHU because i don’t think Pardew can handle so many flair players

  • 45 toon22 // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:23 AM

    Kebabs has become the heart of our team,regardles of the money hes worth more to the toon than the single cost of his transfer

    He is the heart of the french part of our team,and we have alot of french players.

    I realise than im talking about building a team and not just buying/selling for profit so its probably not on the fat mans radar.

    Imagin if manu had got rid of cantona after two seasons.But again they were building a team nad not just interested in trousering the profits short term gain its seems is what they are after.

  • 46 toon22 // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    As odd as it sounds AP isnt our biggest problem atm

    Its our owner and what he sees our club as.

  • 47 toon22 // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:31 AM

    AC yes he has had current injuries but are you saying strolla is better?

    |Imho he will be very cheap and keen to return to where he has had succsess.

    He will also be an english player who it seems will have extra value with all our imported players is ya think of the current rules aboutem.

  • 48 manxpie // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:34 AM

    black and white
    who are our flair players?

  • 49 manxpie // Jan 21, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    btw gary neville tonight also said arfa doesn’t do enough and he’s got the potential to do it but he doesn’t do it enough
    he’s 26! potential only lasts so long!?

  • 50 Blofal // Jan 21, 2014 at 1:11 AM

    There is talk that if Cabella comes this summer Montpellier want Ben Arfa on loan until the end of the season.

    I think that would be a good deal for both clubs and both players. Benny would be getting first team games and for sure would help them stay up.

  • 51 lesh // Jan 21, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    Yer Montpellier man Mr Nicollin seems to be a bit of a character – as does our esteemed DoF, Mr Kinnear and that might just explain the confusion. Imagine those two head-bangers in the same room, it’d need thick thick padding on the walls!

    Let’s hope Charnley’s got a handle on things to give us half a chance of a favourable outcome.

  • 52 Jail for Ashley // Jan 21, 2014 at 5:13 AM

    After telling SSN that nobody is leaving this window, JfK won’t half look stupid if someone does.

  • 53 Ben3arfa // Jan 21, 2014 at 5:17 AM

    Salah would be wasted at Liverpool much like they wasted Oussama Assaidi, since Rodgers prefers playing central midfielders on the wing ie. Coutinho , Jordan Henderson

  • 54 Santon03 // Jan 21, 2014 at 5:40 AM

    Cabaye will stay at least after WC2014 then he will see what options he has. At the moment he played well with this team and scoring goals that will ensure his place in the world cup squad, if he moves to other club then there is no guarantee that he will be better than current form or guarantee in the 1st team line up. We have to remember that moving into a new club will mean he has to learn new system, teamates, etc. If he became unsettle then it would jeopardize his starting place in the french squad. They have so many players competing for 1st eleven in midfield area like Valbuena, Nasri, Gourcuff, Sissoko, Menez, gonalons, Pogba.

  • 55 Santon03 // Jan 21, 2014 at 5:45 AM

    Even after WC2014 Cabaye could still be staying with us depending on where we will finish this season and who will be signed in summer transfer.

  • 56 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 21, 2014 at 6:12 AM

    Blofal…is that talk between people on different football forums you are referring to? ;) lol

  • 57 HOGC // Jan 21, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    @ TurkishFan101

    I agree with you totally. I feel that Ben arfa can be more deadly. he is a creative player, and creative people need to be given the freedom to do things! But that bloody pardew, just wants to suppress the creativity inside of him, thats why i’m really sad to see him reduced to just 10 minute cameos. Players like L.Robert, he was lousy at defending, yet he provided so much for us in the front half.

    And Cisse in my opinion is one of the best goal poachers, he works the best when there are balls into the box. But the shit pardew changed tactics and now we play the ball mainly outside the box, and he expects cisse to play that way, which would render him ineffective.

    So they have been pardewed. really sucks man

  • 58 Santon03 // Jan 21, 2014 at 7:35 AM


    in Robert era fb didn’t go forward as much as now, wingers have luxury to less defending. Nowadays fb are going forward frequently, if wingers didn’t help defending then fb have to handle 2 attacking players each side. The game has changed a lot since then.

    The only way that wingers can have that luxury is we have to push defend up but currently we are defending deep.
    I watched Milan played under Seedorf, they defend from the front, 2 or 3 players surrounding the ball and the fb (Emmanuelson and Desciglio) almost like wingers and Verona can’t get the ball pass the half way line, occasionally they do counter attack but only with 2 or 3 players. the problem is we are inviting opponent to come attack in our half.

  • 59 Santon03 // Jan 21, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    Milan CB played off side trap at half way line and they have DeJong operating not too far from them while we have Tiote that often go forward.

  • 60 Transfer Sage // Jan 21, 2014 at 7:45 AM

    For those of you who don’t know, I have a friend working in the admin/business side of NUFC and every now and then he’ll give me some updates of what’s going on. He doesn’t deal with transfers himself but does take calls, see the odd person coming and going, does some expense claims and hears internal rumour as well……this is then coupled with paper talk/tv rumours and we try to see what are more likely than others. So none of this is 100%, just educated guessing with a little inside knowledge. So here goes….

    We have been linked with a loan move for zaha with an option to buy, the lad is thinking of handing in a transfer request and moyes does not think he is a utd player for whatever reason, this news apparently has made us step up our interest.

    The interest in Remy cabella is very real and the club hope to have him in during January which is what is holding up a deal as Montpellier don’t want to let him go now.

    Luuk De Jong will arrive on loan, there is talk in the club that this is what’s needed to give Remy some support. This should be done towards the end of the window.

    Not got any other strong links to other rumoured targets we have been linked to, these are the only ones.

    Remember these are never guaranteed, just piecing together things as best we can.

  • 61 sparky55 // Jan 21, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    So our cunning DOF is putting out misleading messages to put people of the scent…maybe there’s more to c@ntybollox than meets eye…that’s a cunning ploy I’ve never seen before and one that gives us a much better chance of 2 or 3 players…now why didn’t I think of that!

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