Yohan Cabaye Insists French National Team-Mate Wants Newcastle United Move

Cabaye hopeful Newcastle can complete deal for Debuchy.

Newcastle United are expected to attempt to complete the signing of Mathieu Debuchy this week and Yohan Cabaye hopes the club’s hierarchy can finalise the deal.

The Premier League outfit have been chasing the France full-back for the majority of the summer as Alan Pardew seeks to strengthen the right side of his defence.

And Cabaye is optimistic Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias can complete a deal for his team-mate from Euro 2012, and good friend from their time together at Lille.

“Mathieu has made a very difficult to decision to leave Lille but he has made the decision,” Cabaye told The Journal while on Newcastle’s pre-season tour in Portugal.

“He wants to play for Newcastle and I hope that he comes to Newcastle because, of course, he is my friend but also a very good player for Newcastle”

“Now I hope Newcastle push for Mathieu and I want them to do the deal.

“I spoke with him two days ago and he told me he wants to come. I hope Derek (Llambias) and Mike Ashley will do the business now.

“He wants to play for Newcastle and I hope that he comes to Newcastle because, of course, he is my friend but also a very good player for Newcastle.”

SOURCE: Sky Sports

Newcastle United appear to be closing in on another astute signing, as the French revolution in the north-east continues apace.

It seems strange to think that two seasons ago the Toon were languishing in the Championship, while this season they will have a first eleven capable of beating anyone in the Premier League.

If they can agree a fee, Debuchy will be another terrific buy, no doubt identified by legendary chief scout Graham Carr – who helped to bring the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Cabaye and Papiss Cisse to St James’ Park.

The flying French full-back was also wanted by Chelsea but his relationship with Cabaye, who he played with at Lille, seems to have been a deciding factor in picking Alan Pardew’s side.

And the influx of stars from across the Channel doesn’t look likely to end there. The Toon are also reportedly closing in on Marseille’s Loic Remy. It is thought that the 26-year-old will replace the disappointing Gabriel Obertan on the right-wing and provide cover for Cisse and Demba Ba up-front – both of whom are likely to start the season jaded after Ramadan.

Although Newcastle do appear to lack strength in depth, the addition of Debuchy and possibly Remy to their right flank makes their first team look as good as any on paper going into the new campaign.

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