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Swansea City acquired Andre Ayew from Olympique de Marseille on a free, West Ham United snared Dimitri Payer—the French top flight’s top assists-maker—from the same club, while Crystal Palace completed the £10 million signing of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
The midfielder returns to England 18 months after leaving Newcastle United for PSG.
He is fondly remembered by Magpies fans for his superb showings at St. James’ Park for two and a half years, where, alongside Cheick Tiote, he forged a menacing, dynamic midfield pairing.
The pair thrived under Alan Pardew’s management, with the French international emerging as a genuine EPL star for the Magpies.
He left the North East giants with a bucketful of memories, not least this glorious unforgettable effort against Everton.
Together, the pair helped Newcastle to the brink of Champions League football, but their fortunes have waltzed along rocky roads since.
Cabaye may have established himself in the France national team squad, but he struggled at PSG and became a peripheral figure under Laurent Blanc.
He completed his £10m return to England on Friday, moving to a club on the up in Palace, and reuniting with Pardew, the coach under whom he played his best football.
The new man has spoken of hoping for a top eight finish with Palace, and while the Eagles are unlikely to match Newcastle’s fifth-placed return in the Prem, they may be an outside tip for European football.
Now 29, can Cabaye recreate the magic he once showed under Pardew at Newcastle, and can he do enough to guarantee a spot in the France squad for the 2016 European Championships?