Cabella’s Move 90% There – Montpellier Manager


Montpellier manager Rolland Courbis, who doesn’t seem to have a high opinion of either Newcastle United or Newcastle upon Tyne (strange fellow) has admitted that Cabella’s move to Newcastle is already 90% complete.

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Rolland Courbis – Newcastle’s first offer ridiculous

Of course no deal is ever certain until the player actually signs on the dotted line, and even when everything has been agreed, the player can fail his medical.

That’s what happened with Demba Ba at Stoke City in January of 2011, before he went to West Ham that same month and then ended up at Newcastle in the summer as a free agent, after the Hammers were relegated.

This is what the Montpellier manager told RMC last night:

“It is 90% there, not yet 100%. It is not yet complete, but certainly on the way to getting there. Talks are ongoing, especially regarding bonus payments. I am not worried about it. Laurent and Louis Nicollin were right to reject their initial, vexing offer which was ridiculous.”

In truth Courbis is probably right to say our initial offer was far too low, for such a good player.

The French press are still reporting there is no agreement yet on Cabella’s wages, but Newcastle will be able to offer Remy a very attractive compensation package and much more than he;s currently getting at the French club, so we don’t see that as a problem.

We should have the player signed sometime on Monday – when he jets into Newcastle to take his medical and complete the deal.

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257 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #1

    Tequila

    I will try to be as fair and balanced as I can be. I really think we are at a crossroads now.

    I am extremely happy with the SDJ and hopefully Cabella signings. They really are excellent additions which I never imagined we would pull off.

    Perez we don’t really know how that could pan out. He could be great, but under Pardew I have my doubts as he has tended to be a graveyard for young, talented, emerging players.

    Colback underwhelmed as I think he just blocks the path of a Bigirimana or Abeid who have shown some potential and is not a desperately needed addition.

    Should we get Lacazette and MYM is restored then we could potentially have our best team in years and nowhere left to go on the ”Pardew excuse bingo.”

    Pros

    Ash is seemingly now flashing the cash

    Cons

    Pardew is still here

    Wonga are still here.

    * Plus no way should we picking up training ground injuries at this stage.

    Bottom line I’m generally v. happy with the signings made /being made. I just hope that Pardew has had an epiphany and will try and play football next season, however much of a stretch that may prove.

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  • NUFCJackW

    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #2

    Lets hope this deal IS tied up on monday. Things at Newcastle always seem to go wrong at the last minute. :O

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  • NOVA2967

    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #3

    So who is going to play next to tiote? It will interesting to see how this team lines up. With De Jong in the team I think we won’t sign another striker after Riverrie… don’t think we hit a jackpot in that department.
    Need that link up player at CM. Medel would be a great presence in our team and then I think we will be done.
    Or is sissoko moving to CM. Don’t think he has the pass tho.

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  • Spoof

    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Repost

    Granted Riviere doesn’t appear to have the same appeal as others but we were hardly drooling when we signed Cabaye to replace Nolan, or Ba to replace Carroll, I was one of a very limited number who knew Cabaye and was really surprised and excited about him, Ba didn’t do too much for me when we signed him, but boy what a cracking pair they turned out to be, lets be open minded and give him a chance, he is quick and powerful so the English league may prove to be the league best suited to him, but like many others at this point I would also prefer to have Remy back but it ain’t going to happen, after such a luke warm reception I and probably all of us hope he shuts us up and bangs in 20+ goals next season, having said that if he did it would probably be his last season with us, but never mind !!!!!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #5

    NUFCjackW
    His goal scoring record is pretty poor tbh
    Years Team Apps† (Gls)†
    2009–2011 Saint-Étienne 73 (22)
    2011–2013 Toulouse 44 (9)
    2013–2014 Monaco 40 (14)

    Think if we’d already secured say Ba/Remy/PEA then it would seem a good signing, if he has played a lot of games wide then once again, would he be the answer?
    Another utility player when we need an out and out goalscorer?
    Might prove to be a great signing but have to agree with Rotonda, not an overly exciting signing, bit like when we signed Goofy, great signing to bolster the squad but not if he’s going to be the focal point of the attack
    Same with Lacazzete (who’d id love to see bought in) would need the right players around him, which we seem to be getting

    Spoof
    Speak for yourself, was buzzing when we signed Cabs and Ba, different class daft comparison

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  • NUFCJackW

    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #6

    Rotonda Heights

    Would you be happy about Pardew staying if he does pull off the seemingly impossible-for a dinosaur like him- attacking, attractive football our club deserves ?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #7

    @dmendesdasilva: “@reelM_abeid: @dmendesdasilva miss u bro”miss u to bro ???? outside the pitch but also in the team everybody waiting for you!Hope see you soon

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  • SuperShearer

    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #8

    IF the Cabella signing comes off it might help convince Sissoko to stay; another good French player for him to play alongside and also shows that the club does have a smidge of ambition. That said if a big bid comes in for him can’t see Ash standing in the way of another pay day.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #9

    According to the chronicle Cabella deal could be wrapped up in the next 24hr, As Charnley has flown out to meet Cabella personally to tie up the transfer to Nufc.
    Now we are finally getting our first team affairs into order, I would like to see us clear the decks of the players that offer nothing except picking up a fat cheque every week at our expense.
    Gutti’s legs have gone and couldn’t even get into a relegation hit team.
    Obershocker should be put back on his spaceship and sent back to whatever planet he came from.
    Marvs has been here for 3 yr now and it is quite clear he aint gonna make it. He came on a free……..let him leave on a free

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  • NOVA2967

    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Gouff/Cisse/Perez/Riv doesn’t sound great need a real goal getter
    Sissoko, Cabella, DJ, Arfa: sounds nice
    Anita, Colbeck,tiote: need another passer like Medel
    Defence could do with another CB and Janmaat

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #11

    NUFCjack
    Think he’d need a completely new coaching set up to fully achieve that tbh

    Rotonda
    Disagree that Pardew trashes youngsters
    He’s bought through some good young players in his time, the only one I feel he’s made a bad shout on here is Bigi vs Benfica
    The rest of the youngsters we’ve had at the club tbh just plain haven’t been that good

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #12

    A few signings doesn’t make everything rosey again. It doesn’t make up for shambolic performances, score lines and disgusting manager antics even with a host of international players.

    We’ve had two windows where we’ve signed nobody. Siem and Cabella (if we get him) are good steps forward, but flair is a dirty word with Pardull and they’ll no doubt be misused.

    His persistence in the dugout means we won’t be progressing at all.

    Once again the new players will be oblivious to the horrors of our coaching and they will play with confidence for a while before the Pardew effect kicks in.

    For the money saved for 3 transfer windows and the outgoings, even the amount spent now is very measly.

    Pardew the liar, out.

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  • Spoof

    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Not too sure about this lad, I have a nagging feeling that the league could be too physical for him, however when we offered £6.5m when they were wanting £12.8m then to me the deal was dead and never to be revived as Ashley has proved so many times that he doesn’t do compromise, so to compromise to the extent which we appear to have done then this has been a huge lift, restores just a little bit of hope, so I am happy with the change of tack but not convinced about the player.

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  • NUFCJackW

    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Toonarmydownsouth

    I do agree with you and rotonda. I just wanted to here other opinions on him. 🙂 i kind of answered my own question anyway when reading it back because if he is behind berbatov in the pecking order then being excited for him isnt the right word.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #15

    Jazzy
    Agree
    All those 3 are apparently big earners none of them justify there wages now
    No real fees would be generated so just help them find clubs let them go cheap and free up there wages

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #16

    Spoof
    I would love it……….just love it if Rivierre turns into a success as 6-8 would turn into a bargain.
    But all im trying to say is that you know what your getting with the likes of Pea-Lacazette-Remy-Ba, Whereas Riveirre’s record isn’t exactly crash hot.
    Its a position we can ill afford to be taking a chance on due to us having nobody else to fall back on apart from Cisse.

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  • JDdubai

    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #17

    Doubt any club would offer them what they get from us, so would depend on whether they are only wanting the cash or want to play…

    My guess is the cash.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #18

    NUFCjack
    Aye must be doing something wrong if Berba is getting the nod!

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  • Spoof

    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #19

    tads

    that may well be the case m8, but the point is that you were in the minority, Cabaye was hardly known to most, and Ba was deemed to be an ok signing at best by many, anyway the main point is that we shouldn’t really be too harsh until we see how they perform for us, personally I think SDJ will flop, I don’t think he has what it takes to succeed over here, far too slow and cumbersum, but I will reserve judgement until he has settled and shown what his worth is.

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  • 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE

    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #20

    rotunda from previous thread 1 santon did not get injured in pre season he was injured before. lacazette has a similar goal scoring record to shola apart from last season playing as a front two with gomis who took the strain.he is 1 inch bigger than a cambell and less powefull and i have seen him play a lot, looks lost without someone strong with him up front. the only thing holding bigi back is he played poorly for the reserves being the cause of a number of goals all imo.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #21

    Tads
    Like you say for what fee we may generate from the sale of these players, We could surely make back through letting them leave on a free and offsetting against there combined salary.
    Do what we did with Barton and let them move on. If Amilfatano can find a club im sure these guys can

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  • Spoof

    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #22

    jazzyp

    I’m not sure if I can agree with you their m8, Remy and Ba yes I would agree as they have proved it in this league, but certainly not the other 2 as we have no idea how they would settle in this league, yes I accept that they have a better record and you would hope/expect them to be better but it’s not as easy as that.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 12, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #23

    NUFCJackW

    Sorry wasn’t ignoring you but Ed moves on from one thread to the next in the blink of an eye!

    Firstly Riviere is strong and quite quick if you’re looking for positives there.

    Re – pardew having an epiphany. Well the last 2 seasons have been truly horrendous for breaking all kinds of records for all the wrong reasons: record losses, goals conceded, least goals scored etc etc, while playing the most god awful negative football you’ll ever see, where 90 mins every week was something you’ll never get back!

    It can go one of 2 ways. Either like fat Sham at West Ham who has been ordered to ” entertain ” and has had an attacking coach bestowed upon him, Pardew might realise that after what has been major investment for Ashley recently he has to alter his tactics to appease not only the fans but the boss.

    If Pardew doesn’t take it on board then everyone has a tipping point, even Ashley.

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  • NUFCJackW

    Jul 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #24

    Laurent Robert

    Yes what Pardew and Ashley have done whilst they have been here is criminal. But, i am happy because we are actualy doing the right thing in this window. You’re right, it does’nt make up for the things that have happened in the past but they are now heading in the right direction-all be it-finaly. This gives me and im pretty sure other fans the right to feel ‘rosey’because they are actualy giving us hope that the club are now deciding to be ambitious. Probably not, but i am sure excited for next season. Something i wasnt at the end of last season.

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  • Thump

    Jul 12, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #25

    The thing is, Ed. Nobody is saying that they weren’t right in rejecting the first offer. What wasn’t right is them coming out in the press and having a pop. It must be hard to remain professional at Montpellier when your chairman is an arrogant prick who can’t keep his gob shut.

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  • lesh

    Jul 12, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #26

    As the clock ticks on, the chances of not agreeing a deal and wages etc with Cabella increase by the minute.

    Now if £12m and high wages are to be believed, Ashley’ll be sweating at the prospect of spending so much. That being so, he’s probably racking his brains to find a face-saving way of not being able to get Cabella over the line.

    On another note, what’s Dr Ed done to have NewsNow block the blog? Has he been reporting things they don’t like to see? Or, maybe he’s upset Ashley who’s pulled a few strings?

    Mmmmm,

    😀

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 12, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Tads

    but even with someone like Armstrong you wouldn’t have faith that pardew will get him to realise his full potential.

    I can’t think of anyone that’s really come through under pardew, even Dummet is really only championship standard tbh.

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 12, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #28

    Spoof
    But the point you make surely goes for Riveirra then doesn’t it pal, As he is unproven as well.
    The point im making is that Pea had a cracking record in the French lique. And has gone on to have a very good scoring record in the German league. Whereas Rivierra doesn’t have the best goal scoring record.

    But like I say mate I would be happy if the kid proves me wrong

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  • NUFCJackW

    Jul 12, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #29

    To be honest, Riviere must be doing something right if were willing to spend £6 million on someone who is getting so much negative feedback. From Monaco fans aswell as us.

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  • lesh

    Jul 12, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #30

    tads…… What’s that Tweet about then?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 12, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #31

    Rotonda
    Yeah but is championship standard because of Pardew?
    Don’t think so tbh, our academy has a sh1te record

    Armstrong like Campbell in all honesty should not yet be near the first team they should be on loan
    You can’t just jump from reserves to the PL, looks a good prospect but needs to go out on loan and earn his stripes

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  • 1949BH PROUDTOBEAGEORDIE

    Jul 12, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #32

    think the club have done very well with the pre season plans -trips abroad playing clubs from a few different countries for senior u21 and u 17/18squads. thought i would post this as a change from being bored with the anti pardew tevez and mascherano benny and marv trolls.who really cares what went on at west ham 7 years ago.

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  • Spoof

    Jul 12, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #33

    jazzyp

    yes of course it does m8, and that is basically all I’m saying, whether it be Lacazette, PEA or Riviere, we just don’t know as they are all unproven, but the first 2 you mentioned Ba and Remy would be a safer bet as they are proven.

    Don’t get me wrong, give me a choice and out of the 5 Riviere would be my last choice but that is only due to stats which have been formed in a league which we don’t play in so it isn’t really that important what they have done elsewhere as all 3 would be a risk.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 12, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #34

    Jazzy
    Agree mate, PEA has all the qualities to be a top class PL player along with experience and has shown he can do it in other leagues

    Absolute Rolls Royce of a player

    Lesh
    Who knows, sounds like the lad wants out though he’s always retweeting stuff from Panithiakos about rejoining and seem to remember an interview last year stating he wanted to make the move permanent

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 12, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #35

    My only concern with Riviere is this, While at St ettienne he was 2nd choice to Bafe Gomis who we have just turned down the chance to bring in on a free.

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  • JamesToon

    Jul 12, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #36

    I agree with people on here that if we do get Riviere we won’t be very excited and has a poor record, BUT if we go in a 4-2-3-1 and in the “3” we could have:
    _________Ben Arfa_____de Jong_____Cabella_________
    that’s 3 very creative players that can create goals from nothing so no matter who we have up front they will get very good supply and support. but we do need two good strikers, i really hope it’s PEA and lacazette but i think we will get riviere and someone else.

    Janmaat looks a solid replacement for debuchy, but i think a CB won’t be brought in as i don’t think we will sell any of our current back 4.

    Would be satisfied with this transfer window:

    OUTS:
    Cabaye – £19m
    Debuchy – £10m
    Gutierrez – £2m
    Obertan – £1m
    Ferguson – Free
    Amalfitano – Free

    INS:
    Janmaat – £6.5m
    Colback – Free
    Cabella – £12m
    de Jong – £7.5m
    Perez – £2.2m
    Riviere – £6m

    But would be even happier if we got PEA and lacazette instead of Rivere and possibly Grenier and Lascelles

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  • jazzyp

    Jul 12, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #37

    Tads
    Dortmund have just put in a concrete offer for Origi as well as just bringing in another new CF. I wouldn’t have thought Pea would want to have another season playing second fiddle and out of position. And weren’t there muted noises coming out of Dortmund that Pea would be available for around 8 mill.
    Again the same price bracket as all our CF targets apart from Lacazette

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  • JAMSHA

    Jul 12, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Riviere would be a good signg… iv seen him play many times looks impresive… very quick…. but his shootng acc is bad… i saw him play against psg… he missed about 5 open chances in a match… so he needs to improve his shootng…

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  • Spoof

    Jul 12, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #39

    I would be surprised if you got any change out of £20m for PEA.

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  • JAMSHA

    Jul 12, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #40

    my team

    —————++—Krul——

    Janmat——-Willo———–colo——Haidra

    sissoko———–Tiote————hba/Rivera

    Cabella————-Perez————Gufo

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