Monday, January 23, 2017

Cabaye would welcome Pardew reunion

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye has revealed he would be happy to join former manager Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace.

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye has revealed he would be happy to join former manager Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace.

The France international, who joined PSG from Newcastle United for a reported £19 million in January 2014, is seeking pastures new after failing to keep a regular first-team place at the Parc des Princes last season.

Cabaye, a reported summer target for Arsenal, made just 13 league starts for the French champions in 2014/15.

“It went very well with him [last time],” Cabaye said.

“If I have to make that decision, it will be a pleasure to see my old coach. I enjoy it with him and he does a great job.

“I am in a situation today where I am not getting the game time that I was hoping for. The important thing is that I will think carefully and make the best decision. We will see how it evolves in the coming weeks.”

Cabaye tallied one goal and one assist in 24 Ligue 1 appearances for PSG last term.

Obiang signs for West Ham

West Ham United have completed the signing of highly-rated midfielder Pedro Obiang from Sampdoria for an undisclosed fee.

Despite attracting interest from several top clubs across Europe, Obiang, 23, has put pen to paper on a four-year with the Hammers.

“I’m very happy to have signed,” Obiang told the club’s official website. “We have been talking about this for a long time and now I’ve finally got the chance to come here.

“I went on holiday after the season had finished and I was looking forward to receiving that call to tell me where and when to sign for this Club!

“I’m very excited to play in the Premier League. It’s a style of football that will help me to progress as a player and as a person, so it will be very good.”

The Spain Under-21 international becomes the Hammers’ first signing under new manager Slaven Bilic.

Obiang added: “I think Bilic is a manager that can do very well here. I know that he was a West Ham player and he did very well with the Croatian national team.

“He is a manager that likes to play good football and I really like that so I am sure that we will get along very well.”

Obiang scored three goals in 34 Serie A appearances for Il Blucerciati in 2014/15, helping the club secure a place in next season’s UEFA Europa League after earning a seventh-place finish in Italy’s top-flight.

West Ham are priced at 2/5 to finish in the bottom half the English Premier League table next season.

 

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