It seems that Remy Cabella has signed on at Newcastle for a lot less than the £12M fee that was widely reported over the weekend – and PA Sport is reporting it was (only) £7M cash up front to Montpellier with no add-ons.
Remy Cabella – upbeat in interview – will miss New Zealand trip
However, that seems questionable since Montpellier manager Rolland Courbis had said over the weekend that the bonus payments (add-ons) had still to be ironed out by the two clubs.
However, it does seem Newcastle got Remy in for a lot less than £12M – so in our incoming transfers for the summer we are estimating around £8M for him – a very good deal for Newcastle.
And while Cabella broke off his holiday in Corsica after only a couple of days, he will be back there soon, and will report back at the end of the month to Newcastle – and therefore it looks like he will miss the New Zealand trip.
We had thought that Newcastle were trying to get players in so they could go to New Zealand – but it’s also important that players who have been at the World Cup get a decent break – and that will also apply to Daryl Janmaat of Feyenoord if we can sign him – maybe tomorrow?
This is some of what an upbeat Cabella has told nufcTV after being asked if he wanted to follow in the footsteps of David Ginola and Laurent Robert at the club:
“Yes, that’s something I am here for. I am looking to improve all the time and hopefully become one of the best. I just love improving.”
“I love to play. Big matches or little matches, I am always there. It makes me want to play more, the fact that this match is such a big one at the start, and I am looking forward to just getting involved in the season.”
“My first match at Newcastle is something I have been really looking forward to.” “I loved to learn how to dribble like Ronaldo and do the tricks, but now I am on the professional stage, I have my own way.”
“I am looking to improve all the time and Newcastle is a well-known, very good club. I just love to improve and that’s what I’m here to do.”
There’s no doubt that this signing – which was carried out last night at the Benton Training ground – is a massive signing for the club, and hopefully we can get Daryl Janmaat in too over the next day or two.
But we still need some strikers brought in – we need players who can score some goals – and maybe another center-back to try to shore up the defense.
Our defense has been poor over the last couple of seasons in conceding 59 goals last season and 68 goals a year ago – and that record just has to improve.
Sean Borland has a student season ticket and since he will be away in Calgary studying for a while he wants to sell his season ticket for the first half of the season. The price is £140 – which is what he paid for it – you can contact Sean at email@example.com
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Written while on vacation in Newcastle, England.