Newcastle are leading the race for the talented playmaker, but the Magpies must up their offer.
Montpellier HSC are demanding £12m to sanction the sale of Remy Cabella, according to The Guardian.
The 24-year-old has been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea, but Newcastle United were thought to be leading the race for his signature.
Newcastle had apparently agreed a fee of £7m in principle with Montpellier, but the 2012 French champions have now raised their asking price.
Cabella is said to be keen on a move to England, but his employers hard ball approach could scupper Newcastle’s chances of landing him.
He would be an excellent addition for the Magpies.
Despite Montpellier finishing just two points clear of relegation this season, Cabella enjoyed a fine individual campaign.
He scored 14 goals and provided five assists in 37 Ligue 1 matches. WhoScored.com gave him nine man of the match awards.
If Newcastle and Montpellier manage to strike a deal, Ajaccio-born Cabella would join a host of fellow Frenchmen at St James’ Park.
Alan Pardew’s squad already includes the likes of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Massadio Haidara, Mathieu Debuchy, Sylvain Marveaux, Moussa Sissoko, Hatem Ben Arfa, Gabriel Obertan and Yoan Gouffran, all of whom have represented France at youth or senior international level.
Cabella has just one senior cap to his name.
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