There are animated faces in the Football Transfer Tavern as Sky Sports report that Newcastle United have agreed a fee with Paris Saint-Germain for Magpies midfielder Yohan Cabaye.
The impressive French international will now undertake a medical in Paris and agree personal terms before being unveiled at the Parc Des Princes as Laurent Blanc successfully lands one of his long-term transfer targets.
The agreed transfer fee is thought to be worth around the £20 million mark which came after Newcastle had previously knocked back a £14 million offer from the French club.
The news comes as a massive blow to the Newcastle supporters in the bar, who were hoping to hang onto the former Lille man until at least the summer.
Cabaye has previously been the subject of an offer from Arsenal in the summer while Manchester United boss David Moyes is thought to be a keen admirer, but with no move apparent from the Premier League, he is now returning to his native France.
The 28-year-old has always admitted his desire to play Champions League football could still him departing St James’ Park and it appears that he has got his wish with his transfer to the French champions expected to be completed imminently
Manager Alan Pardew has already outlined a replacement for Cabaye in Lyon’s Clement Grenier, with the ambitious attacking midfielder ready to make the switch to St James’ Park.
Meanwhile in some better news for the Magpies, BBC Sport is reporting that Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk de Jong is on his way to Newcastle for a medical ahead of an initial loan move. The former FC Twente has only found the net six times for the German outfit, but Pardew is hoping he could be a star in the Premier League.
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