Cabella Fee Lower Than First Reported – Will Miss New Zealand Trip

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 at st james

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.

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293 comments so far

  • Average_Contents

    Jul 14, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #1

    Cult hero you say? Well it’s got to be shola then lol

  • Markaccus

    Jul 14, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #2

    I agree the players need a break, if they played. Cabella didnt kick a ball in Brazil! Nah hust kidding i know dimchomps kept them away from family.

  • Spoof

    Jul 14, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #3

    You know what, I think it is a load of bollocks, no way would Nicollin allow us too have him for less than £10m possibly even more than that, but who cares and what difference does it make, £7m or £12m he is still the same player, it’s all irrelevant.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Jul 14, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #4

    @JongsmaJongsma: Newcastle United fans curious about Daryl Janmaat should read this by @PeterMcVitie : (@BeNeFoot)

  • Markaccus

    Jul 14, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #5

    i can see it now


  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Jul 14, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #6

    The Sports Direct branding truly ruins what should be a tunnel of pure Newcastle United aura.
    Realistically we all knew that the fee was never going to be £12 million. That was way too far-fetched. £7 – 8 million sounds about right for this regime.
    We better spend on this top striker though, and on a top CB. £15 million on the ST and £10 million on the CB and we should be getting quality that we need in those positions.
    We’ve wheeled and dealed up until now and that’s fair enough but let’s actually show some of the financial clout we have and make a statement.

  • Spoof

    Jul 14, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #7

    Even when they aren’t playing they are still training and keeping themselves in shape so they do still need a break.

  • Slank

    Jul 14, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #8


    I would go with that formation.

    Curious about Saylor instead of Williamson, any reasons?

    Very brave about Saylors partner instead of Colo.

  • mindshaft

    Jul 14, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #9

    less talk, more action – I know he has to come out and say this stuff but I guess he’s seen Cabaye and Debuchy get big money moves to bigger clubs and wants some of the action himself
    saying that, I can barely remember when we didn’t sell our best players – probably 1st KK stint and bobby robson days although even then he let Woodgate go to Madrid ( as thick and injury prone as he was, he was the best centre half I had seen at SJP in a long time)

  • Markaccus

    Jul 14, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #10


    Yeah i was just joking, mate. I wouldnt fancy training in that humidity every day for a month.

  • Belfast

    Jul 14, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #11

    There you go manxpie. Looks like I’ll be giving you that maths lesson instead lol

    Nicollin is probably fuming.

    16 million euros, nowhere near it ha ha

  • Bambams

    Jul 14, 2014 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #12

    Totally agree Ed we do need strikers. The reason (imo) we concede so many is we dont spend much time in the oppositions box ! The defence is overworked.
    please sign someone with pace, even Bellamy caused the opposition to leave two players back whenever the opposition had a corner.
    Pace frightens defenders….

  • Toon-Barmy

    Jul 14, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #13

    I was thinking about which players would have to be included in this coming season’s 25-Man Squad, so I put this list together for anyone else who cares about these things.
    We currently have 27 over-age players in the squad:

    1- Tim Krul
    2- Rob Elliot
    3- Fabricio Coloccini
    4- Mike Williamson
    5- Mathieu Debuchy
    6- Steven Taylor
    7- Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
    8- Davide Santon
    9- Paul Dummett
    10- Ryan Taylor
    11- Vurnon Anita
    12- Cheick Tiote
    13- Moussa Sissoko
    14- Hatem Ben Arfa
    15- Yoan Gouffran
    16- Pappis Cisse
    17- Siem De Jong
    18- Gabriel Obertan
    19- Sylvain Marveaux
    20- Jonas Gutierrez
    21- Jack Colback
    22- Shane Ferguson
    23- Sammy Ameobi
    24- Mehdi Abeid 6 August 1992 (age 21) *
    25- Haris Vuckic 21 August 1992 (age 21) *
    26- Massadio Haidara 2 December 1992 (age 21) *
    27- Remy Cabella

    Under 21’s:
    * According to the Premier League: “An Under 21 player is defined as one who is under the age of 21 on 1st January in the year in which the season commences. For the 2014-2015 campaign Under 21 players will have been born on or after 1st January 1993.”

    Curtis Good 23 March 1993 (age 21)
    Jak Alnwick 17 June 1993 (age 21)
    Ayoze Perez 23 July 1993 (age 20)
    Gael Bigirimana 22 October 1993 (age 20)
    Remie Streete 2 November 1994 (age 19)
    Adam Campbell 1 January 1995 (age 19)
    Kevin Mbabu 19 April 1995 (age 19)
    Rolando Aarons 16 November 1995 (age 18)
    Lubo Satka 2 December 1995 (age 18)
    Alex Gilliead 11 February 1996 (age 18)
    Olivier Kemen 20 July 1996 (age 17)
    Adam Armstrong 10 February 1997 (age 17)
    Freddie Woodman 4 March 1997 (age 17)

    This list only contains contracted players, not players on scholarship deals.

  • Ibizatoon

    Jul 14, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #14

    Beaten in math by Belfast…ha ha ha…how embarrassing for Manx.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #15

    Ibiza…manx couldn’t beat a toddler 😉

  • JToon21

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #16

    I.m not sure whether we will sign 2 strikers now , by pardew’s comments about de Jong and tiote and having leaders across the pitch i assume de Jong will play off the striker and a proper playmaker will be signed hopefully grenier

  • DokToon

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #17

    mark @ 5..

    i should slap you over the head with suggesting we not go for any “purples” , but rather a few more immobiles 😉

    on another note, did ashley run out of bumper stickers for the stairwell in the pic.. we need more freakin advertising in there!!!

  • firebug666

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #18

    On this lad Riviere, I was just watching him scoring goals for Monaco, thought it might have been Asprria with all the somersaults.

    Scored most of his goals with his head from corners and set pieces. That”s something we have been lacking. Looks comfortable in and around the box from what you can see.

    Here’s the link for those interested.

  • Belfast

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Another small victory Ibiza, another small victory.

  • Spoof

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #20


    this could be the start of a decent debate, Saylor for me gets far too much stick from the fans, yes he makes mistakes and his play acting when he is in trouble is embarrassing, but he is brave and he puts his body on the line, when fit which is obviously his achilles heel he is a half decent CB, whereas Willo just gets in the way but fails to clear the line, and in all honesty CB’s should from set plays score a goal or 2, Willo has never scored for us but Saylor has chipped in with a few goals, as he usually does.

  • Novocastrian66

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #21

    Mindshaft; Keegan sold Andy Cole.

  • DokToon

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #22


    i agree with that 100%… im very fond of saylor… his issue is that sometimes the synapses dont go all the way to the rational side of the brain at times though… 🙂

  • wynsleap

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #23

    So if we sell Debuchy for around £10-12mill. we STILL haven’t paid out much this close season as it stands -if anything at all.
    Should be plenty of money left then for the likes of Lacazette, Caulker and Grenier… but don’t hold your breath.
    It’s Ashley we’re talking about here. Smoke and mirrors come to mind.

  • Spoof

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #24


    what a nice way too put it.

  • Spoof

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #25

    The Oldham game tomorrow, does anyone know if there is a link to the game ?

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #26

    So when are the players off to New Zealand?

    Trivia: Do you guys know which island is called Zealand and are the namesake of New Zealand? 😉

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #27

    I’d like thank myself, Jail, Tuff and others for helping to make this blog such a good read. But I’d particularly like to thank myself. Well done Blackley.

  • outsidethebox

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #28

    spoof @ 20..yes.saylor has all the right cred to be a good central defender good in air strong yes scores goals ..hon geordie …maybe its a coaching thing that he tends to back off when defending and makes wrong choices …i have been advocating for toon to sign dominant centre back ..i would luv it luv it if he proved me wrong …but over the seasons he has consistently pointed out who should be marking who and not putting in a challenge then like david luiz making schoolboy errors …would keep in squad though

  • JToon21

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #29

    Do you think will we sign a playmaker as I feel de Jong is more of a number 10 rather than a cabaye replacement

  • bladeuser

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #30

    Markaccus State the obvious as usual oe shoul,nt u b on a rugby blog

  • Slank

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #31


    Good points about the often much maligned Saylor.

    Do you think the lad from Portugal is a realistic target as I hadn’t heard of him before?

  • Spoof

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #32


    having said all that can you honestly say that Willo and Colo are better, if your honest you can’t and thats where we are at present, for me he is the best of a bad bunch !!

  • Tsunki

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #33

    Ah well, no more evenings sitting in front of the TV and wondering who or what is Yingli Solar. Back to sorry old Nufc. I’m encouraged by the signings just a little disappointed that Pardew will have another whack at bodging it all up. Oh well, here’s to a 3rd chance, Alan. Try to get it right.

  • DokToon

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #34


    i was being genuine about him…. we all have lapses in judgement.. his are just nationally televised is the difference 🙂

  • 70TWO

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #35

    That SD banner at the bottom of the club crest says it all, no dignity.

  • Slank

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #36


    I think it all depends upon the formation as to where De Jong plays. I cannot see a pure 4-4-2 formation.

    I can see a 4-5-1 or a 4-2-3-1 with De Jong as part of an attacking three able to play in midfield as well as supporting the striker but we will just have to see how Pardew pans it out.

  • bladeuser

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #37

    Lets be honest come on taylor and willo would not get into the top sixes reserve sides colo would but would never get near there first teams this is nufcs weakest area and it will show this season unless it is addressed

  • DokToon

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #38

    Markaccus State???

    is that a new university??? sign me the eff up!!!! 🙂

    ill major in pointless arguing and a double minor in worthelss trivia, and beer knowledge…

  • Thump

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #39

    @Toon-Barmy: 26. We’ve sold Debuchy.

    Also, we’re likely to loan or flog Vuckic and Abeid, or they won’t be included in the final squad.

  • scout

    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #40

    Ashley coming through with the signing and people still moaning about a SD sign lol
    get a look in the mirror ffs

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