REMY Cabella has signed for Newcastle United in a £10million deal – and Daryl Janmaat is set to join him at St James’s Park.
Cabella last night became the Magpies’ fourth summer signing after agreeing a six-year contract.
The attacking midfielder interrupted his holiday in Corsica to undergo a medical and sign for the club after Montpellier finally accepted an undisclosed bid.
Cabella yesterday met manager Alan Pardew at the training ground and also visited St James’s Park.
The 24-year-old said: “It is great to finally be a Newcastle player.
“This is a move that I really wanted to make, as I have heard nothing but good things about Newcastle United from everyone I spoke to.”
It is understood that Newcastle are also hopeful of quickly finalising a deal for £5m-rated Feyenoord defender Janmaat now Holland are home from the World Cup.
The 24-year-old is the Tynesiders’ first-choice to replace Arsenal-bound Mathieu Debuchy, with the two clubs understood to be “close” to an agreement.
Should Janmaat sign, then Newcastle will allow Debuchy to finally leave for the Emirates Stadium in a deal valued at more than £10m.
But it is the signing of Cabella that will excite supporters the most given his ability on the ball.
Cabella – who went to the World Cup with France – has long been interested in a move to Newcastle.
“I wanted to join a great English club, and that is why I have arrived here,” he said.
“I’m looking forward to pulling on the shirt – I will give this club my maximum.”
Pardew said: “Remy is a player who has been on our radar for a while, and we are delighted to bring him to the club.
“He has flair, hard work and commitment, and is going to bring a talent, energy and quality to St James’s Park.
“Remy has great ideas when the ball comes to him, and, along with Siem de Jong ,is going to improve an area where we definitely needed some help.”
Siem de Jong, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez have already joined the Magpies in what Pardew has long claimed would be a summer of rebuilding.
A number of players, among them Shola Ameobi, Dan Gosling and loanee Loic Remy, have already left the club.
And Newcastle still need to sign a striker to replace Remy, who netted 14 goals last season.
Reports in France have claimed Newcastle are in discussions with Monaco over a move for 24-year-old forward Emmanuel Riviere.
Meanwhile, Newcastle have their first pre-season friendly at League One club Oldham tomorrow (7.30pm kick-off).