Newcastle United F.C. have confirmed the signing of attacking midfielder Rémy Cabella from Montpellier HSC for an undisclosed fee.
The France international, 24, has put pen to paper on a six-year deal at St. James’ Park after being heavily linked with the club following the departure of Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain in January.
Cabella, who did not feature for Les Bleus at the World Cup finals in Brazil despite being named to the 23-man squad by manager Didier Deschamps, has the experience and quality to make a big difference for the Magpies next season.
After finishing in 10th-place in the English Premier League table in 2013/14, Newcastle have quietly added some good pieces ahead of the 2014/15, having brought in Ayoze Pérez (Tenerife), Jack Colback (Sunderland) and Siem de Jong (Ajax), who has already been appointed the club’s vice-captain.
“It is great to finally be a Newcastle player,” Cabella said.
“This is a move that I really wanted to make, as I have heard nothing but good things about Newcastle United from everyone I spoke to.
“I wanted to join a great English club and that is why I have arrived here. I’m looking forward to pulling on the shirt and playing in this magnificent stadium, and I will give this Club my maximum.”
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew added: “Remy is a player who has been on our radar for a while and we are delighted to bring him to the Club.
“He is a player who I am sure will excite our fans. He has flair, hard work and commitment, and is going to bring a talent, energy and quality to St. James’ Park that our supporters will enjoy.
“Remy has great ideas when the ball comes to him, and along with Siem de Jong is going to improve an area where we definitely needed some help.”
Although the addition of Cabella, for a rumoured fee of £12 million, is a fantastic one, the Magpies still need to be proactive during the coming weeks.
They will need to replace talisman Loïc Rémy and perhaps right-back Mathieu Debuchy, who is reportedly on the verge of joining Arsenal.
That said, it has been a good few weeks for Pardew and the club’s supporters.
Pedro Obiang could leave Sampdoria
The agent of Sampdoria defensive midfielder Pedro Obiang, Jose Gonzales, has revealed the player could leave the Marassi if the ‘right offer’ comes in.
Obiang, 22, has been linked with a move to England on several occasions over the past 12 months, with fresh reports suggesting West Ham United are interested in his services.
“Pedro is liked by them, but at the moment there haven’t been real offers – neither from Italy or from England,” Gonzales said.
“His will is to stay at Sampdoria, like the old club ownership wanted. Next week I’ll meet the club to understand their intentions about the player’s future.
“Clearly, should an offer arrive ready to satisfy both Pedro and Sampdoria, he could leave.”
The Hammers have signed midfield duo Cheikhou Kouyate (Anderlecht) and Diego Poyet (Charlton Athletic) this month and are believed to be closing in on the signing of Ecuador’s World Cup ace Enner Valencia for a handsome £12 million fee from Liga MX side Pachuca.