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Cabella open to Newcastle move; Eikrem joins Cardiff City

Montpellier HSC No. 10 Remy Cabella would welcome the opportunity to join Premier League side Newcastle United in January.

Montpellier HSC No. 10 Remy Cabella has revealed he would welcome the opportunity to join English Premier League side Newcastle United in the January transfer window, Sky Sports reports.

Recent reports have suggested the Magpies are planning a January swoop for Cabella in an attempt to bolster the squad for the second half of the season.

Newcastle (10-3-7), currently in eighth-place in the Premier League table, are just six points adrift of the the ‘top-four’ with 18 league fixtures remaining.

Although Alan Pardew has yet to make an official approach for Cabella, Montpellier are expecting an offer in the near future.

“For the moment, in my head, I’m 100 per cent Montpellier,” Cabella told French radio station RMC.

“If a proposal comes, it is up to the two clubs to discuss and I will think in terms of that.

“I am not aware of what is happening, I am dedicated to playing and that is the most important.”

However, when asked about a potential move to Tyneside, the former France Under-21 international said: “Newcastle? Well, we realise that at some point we must leave. I think I’m capable of it.

“England interests me, there are good clubs out there. If Montpellier reaches an agreement with an English club that suits me, I’ll be happy.”

Cabella, 17/2 to score first or last against AS Monaco on Friday, has tallied six goals and three assists in 18 Ligue 1 appearances for La Paillade this season.

Eikrem joins Cardiff City

English top-flight newboys Cardiff City have completed the signing of Norway international midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem from Heerenveen for an undisclosed fee, according to the club’s official website, Cardiffcityfc.co.uk.

Eikrem, formerly of Manchester United, was tipped to join the Bluebirds as soon as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was named Cardiff City boss earlier this month.

The Norwegian midfielder played under Solskjaer at Manchester United and Molde before signing for Heerenveen in the summer.

“I’ve known Magnus for many years, having worked with him at Manchester United and then signing him for Molde,” said Solskjaer.

“While I was there I had to sell him as he was our best player – and now I feel lucky to get to sign him again for Cardiff City for a reasonable price. I see this as money well spent.

“He’s a playmaker, a quarterback if you will, someone who likes to get on the ball and can see a pass.

“He’s technically very good, including set pieces and has great vision. Magnus will add a lot to Cardiff City and will blend in very well with the midfielders in the squad.”

Eikrem, 23, netted two goals in 16 first-team appearances under manager Marco van Basten at the Abe Lenstra Stadion.

Wed 8 January, 2014
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