If there’s one Newcastle January transfer saga that looks set to trickle into the summer window, it’s undoubtedly their well-documented interest in Montpellier attacking midfielder Remy Cabella.
The 23 year-old was once a youngster in a La Paillade side that claimed the Ligue 1 title back in 2012, and amid their demise towards the less flattering end of the French table, he’s emerged as the club’s most talismanic entity, this season claiming nine goals and five assists in 24 league appearances.
The former France U21 has also averaged an impressive 2 tackles, 2.6 shots, 2.4 key passes, 1.3 crosses and 1.9 successful dribbles per match this season.
Cabella customarily features in the No.10 role, suggesting he’d be an ideal candidate to fill Cabaye’s void at the tip of midfield in the Newcastle first team. But he can also operate on either flank or as a supporting striker, offering the Magpies great versatility and quality in attack.
The Montpellier management remain clearly reluctant to sell their talented playmaker however, having recently labelled Tyneside as boring and landed Cabella with a ridiculous £86million price-tag, in parody of Gareth Bale’s record-breaking summer transfer.
But the tabloids believe a bid between £10million and £15million would probably be enough to trigger the Frenchman’s Ligue 1 departure, and Cabella’s father revealed in January that there have been negotiations between both clubs.