Newcastle United are reportedly in talks to snatch Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella from under the noses of Manchester United.
The 23-year-old French international has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, but according to the Daily Mail it is Newcastle who now head the queue for the versatile midfielder.
Montpellier president Louis Nicollin has slapped a million price tag on his club's prized asset, however he has admitted that "everything can be negotiated". It would surely have to be if Cabella was to end up at St James' Park given the strict financial structure enforced by owner Mike Ashley.
Cabella, who has been compared to Zidane in his style of play, primarily operates as a central midfielder however can play on either wing as well - the sort of versatility the Newcastle hierarchy crave.
The Frenchman has bagged six goals in eighteen games from midfield so far this season which is the sort of form that perked the interest of the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal in the first place. If Cabella was to become the Magpies' sixth French signing in a row, one would have to wonder what ramifications that would have for Yohan Cabaye.
While the Toon may have fought off interest from the Gunners in the past, Paris Saint-Germain reportedly remain very keen admirers of the Frenchman, with the fact that he is not European cup-tied believed to be a vital factor.
However Cabaye, like many players, is surely unlikely to risk moving clubs just six months before the World Cup kicks off in Brazil. But while Newcastle may retain the 27-year-old's services until the end of this season, you'd get tall odds on him lining up in black and white for the next.
If Newcastle are resigned to that eventuality, then signing Cabella now could prove to be an astute piece of business. It would give him time to settle in without the pressure of being the main man and would also aid Alan Pardew's side in their push for European football.
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