With the January transfer window in full force, rumour stories are flooding in here, there and everywhere.
As far as Newcastle United are concerned, one of the most prominent stories hitting the news platforms is that the Geordie club are close to signing 23 year old Montpellier midfielder Rémy Cabella.
The saga started yesterday when it was reported that the Magpies had contacted the former French champions about the availability of their star winger.
The Toon are hopeful of adding Cabella to their already French-tinted ranks, but two obstacles lie in their way in the form of a £14 million price tag and interest from 20-time Premier League champions Manchester United.
Montpellier are said to have invited negotiations, but I’m sure everyone involved is all too aware of the power and prestige of the Red Devils.
Nonetheless, sources suggest that Newcastle are confident and are looking to enter negotiations with the French international winger as soon as possible to charge up for their campaign to achieve Champions League football next season. The black and white giants are currently in 8th place in the Premier League table and their players appear to be in flying form.
This particular transfer rumour raises a question regarding the future of Hatem Ben Arfa. The rapid left-footed startlet has been at the Toon for some time, but his form has been arguably inconsistent and the 26-year-old has often been out of favour at the club. Despite this, the winger still has two-and-a-half years left on his contract, he’s still a fan favourite, and Pardew won’t want to let him go. However, he will be understandably frustrated with his fall down the pecking order, especially as it has cost him a regular place in his national team.
With or without Ben Arfa, Newcastle could get the boost they need with the addition of Rémy Cabella. The Ajaccio-born youngster can play on both wings as well as in the attacking midfield positions. This versatility makes him a potentially indispensable and reliable squad member, as well as an injection of class to Newcastle’s ‘French Revolution’.