Crystal Palace are set to complete the surprise signing of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
Palace were first linked with Cabaye after Pardew took over as manager; however, the latest news is that a £10 million fee has been agreed, which will rise to £13 million with add-ons - and the former Newcastle United star is set for a medical at the London club today.
As a Newcastle fan, and also a massive Cabaye fan, it is extremely painful to watch a player I once adored, move to another Premier League team.
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I understood his move to PSG as he wanted to win trophies and play in the Champions League, something he would likely never achieved at Newcastle; however, this move to Crystal Palace is news that I have not taken lightly.
At Newcastle Cabaye was world class, he was the key playmaker in the team, and Newcastle are yet to fully recover from his exit.
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Great signing for Palace
However, signing for PSG turned out to be a mistake for the French playmaker, as he spent most of his time there on the bench coming on as a sub in most games.
Therefore it's no surprise that he wants to leave, the only thing that irks me is where he is going. Don't get me wrong I have nothing against Palace, if anything I think this is an amazing move for them, being able to attract a talent like Cabaye is no mean feat. My issue is that the only team I ever wanted him to return to the Premier League for, was Newcastle.
Cabaye will fit into the Palace team nicely, taking up the role as the club's playmaker. This will give Palace some extra force going forwards and a little bit more when they are on the defensive, as Cabaye is an extremely well rounded player.
Newcastle should have re-signed Cabaye
As for Newcastle I feel that we have missed an amazing opportunity to bring back an amazing player.
I don't know whether it was the club's decision to not go after Cabaye or if the player himself wasn't interested in a return to the club, all I know is that the chance to bring back one of the best players the club has had in the last few years has slipped through our fingers.
Despite my dismay at him not returning to Newcastle I have to admit that I will be following his return to the Premier League with a keen eye, eager to see if he can recapture the form he had at Newcastle.
If he can I feel this move, along with bringing in a few defensive minded players could stand Palace in good stead to finish higher up the table than the managed this season, as long as Pardew can manage to recapture the form the team had when he returned to the club.
Palace fans, what do you think about this move? Newcastle fans, would you have like to see Cabaye back at the toon or are you happy he isn't coming back? To both sets of fans and any others I post the question, will this be the same Cabaye?
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