News today that Newcastle are closing in on the transfer of young French midfielder Remy Cabella of Montpellier, who we were after in January, and we have been continually linked with the player over the last couple of months.
Remy Cabella – Newcastle closing in
There was news a couple of weeks ago that Newcastle were negotiating again for the transfer of Cabella, and he seems to be one of Newcastle’s top transfer targets, with Cabella also said to be keen to come to Tyneside.
In January the Montpellier Chairman Lou Nicollin did not want to let the player leave, with Montpellier in relegation trouble, but they are now fairly well clear of the bottom of the table in 13th place and 9 points from the drop zone.
And the Chairman has said the player will probably be leaving in the summer.
Montpellier striker Benjamin Stambouli is also leaving, but no interest from Newcastle that we know about.
This is what Nicollin has said in the French press:
“Stambouli’s future? That is sorted, he will leave,” “Probably Cabella as well. About M’Baye Niang, we will have to see what happens with AC Milan, because that will be expensive.”
Cabella is an attacking midfielder and would add creativity to the Newcastle midfield, and the 24 year-old can also score goals and he has 10 goals in 35 appearances for Montpellier this season.
Cabella has been at Montpellier since he was a youngster, and he has 104 total appearances for the club, with 24 goals and 17 assists, and he fits perfectly the profile of young promising players owner Mike Ashley wants to get to Newcastle.
As far as the fee is concerned, Montpellier want around £14M, with Newcastle wanting to pay around £10M, so something in between those two figures could probably be agreed.
What do you think?