Confirmed: Newcastle United Snap Up Montpellier Midfielder Remy Cabella

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Frenchman signs for the Magpies for an undisclosed fee.

Newcastle United have completed what is likely to be one of their most significant signings of the summer, with French playmaker Remy Cabella signing for Alan Pardew’s men after a protracted deal was finally concluded tonight.

The 24 year-old has long been linked with a move to St. James’ Park, but a move looked unlikely when the Montpellier president blasted the Magpies for failing to offer a satisfactory amount for the talented central midfielder.

Newcastle have enjoyed a great deal of success signing players from Ligue 1 in recent years, although United fans will be hoping that Cabella follows more in the footsteps of Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Debuchy than those of Sylvain Marveaux and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

Cabella is likely to be seen, at least to a degree, as a replacement for former Lille midfielder Cabaye, who returned to Ligue 1 and Paris Saint Germain in the January window.

Newcastle did not adequately replace the player at the time and their performances in the second half of the season suffered immensely from a lack of creativity from central midfield.

Cabella should remedy that issue despite playing further up the pitch than Cabaye tended to – but Pardew must also secure the signing of a new striker to take the chances that he hopes his new man will be able to create.

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