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This Is Why Cabella Will Not Arrive On Tyneside In January

9:00 am, Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 27 Comments

Just in case anybody was still wondering whether Newcastle could get their midfield target Remy Cabella on Tyneside this month, the 70 year-old Montpellier President Louis Nicollin has talked to L’Equipe today, and said he will not do any business for the player in this financial year – which for football club ends on June 30th.

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Remy Cabella - to move on July 1st

That’s why players’ contracts usually start from July 1st, and why if Remy Cabella is transferred to Newcastle it would now be officially on July 1st, in the next financial year,  even though a deal could be agreed before that time – and could even be agreed in January.

This is what Nicollin has told L’Equipe today:

“There is nothing in fact and there will be nothing done. There is no question he leaves now.”  “I did not want to pay huge taxes this year, because the budget comes to an end on June 30.”

“I prefer it to be from July 1. Here, if there are good deals, it will enable us to have a financially good next season.”

Moving the transfer to July 1st moves it to the next financial year, and of course French clubs have had their taxes raised to very high levels g by the French president Francois Hollande, who at the moment is making news as he tries to end his nine-year relationship with first lady Valerie Trierweiler.

There’s nothing wrong with Nicollin wanting to do the deal on July 1st, when maybe some appeals against the high taxes French football clubs have to pay could be fruitful,   but we are still hoping that Newcastle are in there trying to get the deal agreed for July 1st.

And with the news a day or two ago leaked out that the deal was even done, there is still a decent chance that Newcastle can in fact seal the deal in January and Cabella would sign on July 1st.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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Marseille are also keen to add Cabella to their squad and have been tipped to make a bid this winter also.

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27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Himanshu Dhingra // Jan 22, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Letting it play out till Summer is Risky.

    Best thing is buy him and then loan him back

  • 2 Spoof // Jan 22, 2014 at 9:07 AM


    I would agree with that as apart from Suarez I also feel we are on a par with Liverpool, the other difference being that Liverpool are more likely to speculate than us, however I do feel we a bit further behind Everton, mind don’t tell the Liverpool fans that I have said that as they will be sending me death threats as well, and as bad as they are doing Man U are still ahead and certainly Spurs are, Spurs for me seem the more likely to get that last CL spot, but I do not feel that it is a gap so wide that it can’t be breached, but investment is essential !

  • 3 Spoof // Jan 22, 2014 at 9:12 AM


    although I don’t know this lad I have to say that I am puzzled as to why they aren’t doing as you have suggested, it does seem to be the logical answer to me.

  • 4 lesh // Jan 22, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Himanshu Dhingra….

    Buying him now is a non-starter. Suggest you read the article again!

    Or better still, control your desire to post a little – think what you’re going to say, why your going to say it and the impact of your comments!

    If you are as you say a PG student, then that advice should be familiar to you!

  • 5 Himanshu Dhingra // Jan 22, 2014 at 9:14 AM


    as you say logic.

    Seems like we are sabotaging ourselves.

  • 6 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jan 22, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    In my opinion,

    Man United are on the Decline.
    Spurs have remained stagnant if not declined after the departure of Bale.
    Liverpool are pretty average apart from Suarez who at the moment is the best striker in the world for me (despite the fact that I hate that diving tw@t). No one can deny that he is on fire at the moment… incredible goal scoring form.
    Everton, I’ll save my judgement. 1 season wonders or is this what they are really capable off.

  • 7 Ben3arfa // Jan 22, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    I have a feeling this window will be more anti-climactic than the last one .

    Rot in hell Kinnear and Ashley

  • 8 Spoof // Jan 22, 2014 at 9:17 AM


    deals happen regularly in football where they are agreed and signed but they don’t come into operation until months later, so with that in mind why is Himanshu’s suggestion so wrong as you appear to believe.

  • 9 Markaccus // Jan 22, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    Ts and spoof

    id probably say liverpool have slightly better full backs, too. Our wide players often have to baby sit ours. Imho its the reason we should not play hba out wide, certainly when playing 442. Your are both right though, i think we are the only team in the top 8 who don’t have the ‘suarez’ striker.
    ars – giroud
    manc- take your pick
    manu- rvp/roo
    everton – lukaku
    Lpoo – suarez
    Chelsea are slightly different in that their goals are spread between the various forwards.
    Spurs are actually probably in the same boat as us, so we are one of 2 teams in the top 8 without a ‘suarez’ threat

  • 10 Transfer Sage // Jan 22, 2014 at 9:20 AM


    I actually wouldnt swap man utds keeper, defense or midfield for ours. Only their forwards are better I think. Ferguson showed how much good forwards can do for a mediocre team last season.

    I’d say we are on par with everton, liverpool and spurs (they have more players just not overall better quality).

    We need more bodies for options/injuries but i think top 4 is achievable for all those side but ultimately i see liverpool getting it if suarez stays fit.

    Man utd have the next best chance but rooney and rvp need to be fit and more importantly want to actually play for them.

  • 11 Himanshu Dhingra // Jan 22, 2014 at 9:20 AM


    It seems you cannot do as little as comprehend.

    it your senses have been working you would know that Ed’s articles are figment of his imagination.

    and you cannot take Nicollin’s comments seriously

    go take a nap now

  • 12 ~Anita One Bites The Dust~ // Jan 22, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    The thing is… where would Everton be without Lukaku?.
    To be fair thought, the same can be said about us.. where would we be without Remy?

  • 13 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 22, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Most likely not Ed ;) would we do the same regarding Cabaye?

  • 14 catchy in norway // Jan 22, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Spoof / TS

    100% agreed

    man u may be ahead right now, but there squad is in bad shape,

    Liverpools strength is suarez, they have an ok squad, but no better than ours

    spuds, again, have a good squad that was being misused by AVB

    everton have a good young squad, really strong defence, (player wise)

    the gap to the top 2 is huge, but I feel with a few wise investments, we could close the gap to the top 4

  • 15 Transfer Sage // Jan 22, 2014 at 9:21 AM


    i think debuchy is the best right back out of us and liverpool but they have a better left back in enrique.

  • 16 Spoof // Jan 22, 2014 at 9:23 AM


    you could well be right but I would still say that they are a little bit stronger than us, but not to a degree where it would take absolute £m’s to catch them up.

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew // Jan 22, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Anita…I don’t think Remy is making the difference here…neither is our manager though – I would like to think we would have brought someone else in if not Remy!

  • 18 Transfer Sage // Jan 22, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    i still think man utd will spend big now and in the summer to get back to the top.

  • 19 catchy in norway // Jan 22, 2014 at 9:24 AM


    I have a slightly dif view on the LB/RB

    I think there doing what our wingers should be doing, its not baby sitting because there poor, its because pardew has them bombing forward way to much,

  • 20 Himanshu Dhingra // Jan 22, 2014 at 9:28 AM


    as well as he has done. he is very selfish. for all goals he has scored he has wasted a lot more.

  • 21 Spoof // Jan 22, 2014 at 9:39 AM


    now this is interesting, you see Liverpool as the most likely to get that last spot, whereas I see them as the least likely, mind it is a very close call between all of them, even if Suarez stays fit can he really continue to have the impact which he is currently having, I know that Messi and Ronaldo have done so for years but they are in a bit better side than Suarez, for me Everton are a better balanced side, not over reliant on defence or attack, they are just good, but it could be just for 1 season because the longer Martinez is their manager the more likely there defence will weaken, Martinez has brought more flair and a more attacking approach to Everton whilst still having a decent defence which he inherited, I do not see Everton as being a regular top 4 challenger with Martinez in charge, Spurs have found a new lease of life since AVB got the boot, they were desperate for a striker as Soldado was mis-firing but Adebayor has been on fire for Tim Sherwood, for me they are the stand out candidates for that last remaining spot, however we are not far away, if we had Ba at the season’s start then it could well have been us who would be the favourites for that last spot, we need a target man and Ba is proven, this would also allow Remy to play more as an inside left which is where I feel he is at his best, if Alan Shearer was 15/20 years younger and playing in our current side then that would be ideal, we can all dream.

  • 22 Markaccus // Jan 22, 2014 at 9:39 AM


    i can go along with that to an extent. Debuchy is not poor. So pardew could rein him in a tad. I do not think santon is the answer though. He leaves holes at the back, even if he hasn’t gone that far forward. Hence when goofy plays there he is always knackered.

    It is a wide players job to cover a fb every now and then. I do accept ours seem to think they are playing for barca and are forward too much, and i do accept its up to pardew to pull them back. That being said, if hba is on the pitch id still rather have him central.

  • 23 dubzy // Jan 22, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    on 22 January 2013 a year ago today , Yanga-Mbiwa signed for NUFC from who……Montpellier! And this is coming from the President Louis Nicollin who sez he dont like doing deals b4 july 1st,we will buy him this month loan luke de jong and cabaye will stay….IN OUR DREAMS )

  • 24 lesh // Jan 22, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    Spoof @8

    Csbella couldn’t be loaned back unless he’s ours to lend back and that wouldn’t be so until a contact had been signed with Montpelier – the transfer fee therefore paid over before July 1, thus being liable for French tax which in Ed’s view is something they want to avoid in this financial year. Hope that makes sense?

  • 25 lesh // Jan 22, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Himanshu Dhingra

    Was it not reasonable to assume that your post was a comment on Ed’s hypothesis? Or do you just shoot from the hip without qualifying your opinions?

    If you’re a PG student, what degree might it give you (eg MSc, PhD, MPhil? MD [heavens forbid]?

    And what might your topic be, the field your thesis and research – Bullshit?

  • 26 Jeff from Benwell // Jan 22, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    this is Nicollin quoted last year

    The guy is a complete tool

  • 27 sammi_32 // Jan 22, 2014 at 12:31 PM

    Himanshu Dhingra

    What do you not understand? he doesnt want it to affect this years taxes? if we buy and loan back it will affect them?……

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