Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella is set for a move to Premier League club Newcastle United after the two teams agreed a fee, according to Sky Sports.
The attacking midfielder, who was a late inclusion to France’s 2014 World Cup squad has been chased by Newcastle since the turn of the year, when Cabella’s French teammate Yohan Cabaye moved to Ligue 1 Champions Paris St Germain. It is widely believed that Cabella is a direct replacement for Cabaye.
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The 24-year-old's move to the Premier League will feel like an unwelcome sense of déjà vu for Montpellier fans, with star striker Olivier Giroud, fresh from firing Montpellier to unprecedented French success moving to Arsenal in the 2012-13 season.
Cabella to star in the Premier League?
It seems that Cabella’s career is on an upward trajectory with his move to Newcastle United. The Frenchman began his career at Montpellier, signing his first professional contract in 2009. The 2010-11 season saw a loan move to French side Arles-Avignon, where he registered three goals in 17 appearances. Cabella will surely look back on his time at Montpellier with a degree of fondness, after playing a major role in the club’s shock Ligue 1 title in 2012.
Following the midfielder’s consistently impressive performances in a Montpellier shirt, international honours with France duly followed, with Cabella making his debut for France as a 80th minute substitute in a 4-0 friendly win against Norway prior to the World Cup. After being named on the stand-by list for the 2014 World Cup, Cabella was drafted in to replace Lyon attacking midfielder Clement Grenier, after he suffered an injury.
Newcastle desperate for attacking midfielder
Newcastle fans must be rubbing their hands at the signing of the talented Cabella, especially as the second half of the season saw the team crying out for an attacking midfielder. Purists of the English however must be bemoaning yet another foreign import, although Cabella will be walking into a largely Francophone dressing room, of which Cabaye was once their ‘leader’ until his acrimonious move across the channel last season.
Along with new signings Siem de Jong, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez, Newcastle fans will be hoping for a significant improvement following a distinctly unimpressive and underwhelming 2013-14 season.
Montpellier face another rebuilding act after losing another of their key stars, and will need to move quickly in this transfer window if they are to improve on their disappointing 15th place finish, a far cry from their league title and subsequent Champions League campaign, just a mere two years ago.
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