Montpellier president Laurent Nicollin has confirmed that he is expecting an official bid from Newcastle United for star midfielder Remy Cabella.

The Montpellier president had previously denied having any contact with Newcastle as well as claiming that Cabella would not be allowed to leave until at least the summer. 

However it now seems that Montpellier are resigned to losing their prized asset and have already signed a replacement for the Frenchman, giving a further boost to the Magpies.

Manager Rolland Courbis has admitted that he has no power over whether Cabella stays or goes, saying: "It is best to keep him but if Loulou [Nicollin] decides that it can be done in January, it will be in January."

Nicollin himself now seems to have completely changed his tact, telling Midi Libre that he expects a bid imminently: "As for Newcastle , it seems to me they are about to make one [a bid], but I expect confirmation on that."

The Montpellier president additionally denied any contact with Manchester United, who were also thought to be interested. 

Nicollin's outspoken comments are likely to anger Newcastle officials who prefer to do their business quietly. Loic Remy's last minute change of heart which saw him sign on at Loftus Road instead of St James' Park last January is a prime example why they choose to keep their business under raps.

Nicollin is undoubtedly hoping to arouse interest and start a bidding war for the beleaguered French club's star man.  

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