NEWCASTLE United new boy Yohan Cabaye was sold on a move to St James’s Park after watching the Magpies’ 5-1 derby win over Sunderland on the internet!
The 25-year-old yesterday became Alan Pardew’s first summer signing, joining from French club Lille for a reported £4.8million.
And box-to-box midfielder Cabaye will relish the future, having done his homework before signing a five-year deal.
The France cap was taken aback by the atmosphere for last season’s Tyne-Wear derby.
Cabaye also took advice from former Magpies Charles N’Zogbia, David Rozehnal and Franck Dumas – and the trio all recommended the move.
Ironically, Wigan star N’Zogbia, an international colleague of Cabaye’s, is another summer target for Newcastle – and rivals Sunderland.
“Before signing for Newcastle, I watched some videos on the internet, particularly the game against Sunderland, when Newcastle won 5-1,” Cabaye said.
“I could see there was a great atmosphere in the stadium and I really want to see what it’s like to play at St James’s Park and in the Premier League.
“I also spoke to Charles N’Zogbia, David Rozehnal and Franck Dumas before joining Newcastle. They all said it was a good choice to come here.
“They said I would have a great time, especially with the fans.
“I hope I can adapt quickly to the Premier League.”
Attack-minded Cabaye is confident he can excite the supporters once he adjusts to the demands of the Premier League and gets to know his new team-mates.
“I hope I can excite the fans here with my football and I would love to score for Newcastle and see the reaction of the supporters at St James’s Park,” Cabaye added. “But first, I must adapt to the football and the city and get to know my team-mates.
“I also have to adapt to the style of play in England, as it’s very different to France.
“This is the first time I have moved from my home region and I want to be ready for the start of the season. I’m very happy to be in Newcastle. It’s my first transfer and I’m joining a big club.
“There was talk of Liverpool and Arsenal, but Newcastle were the club who made the move for me and I really like Alan Pardew’s strategy and how he told me he wants to play..”
Cabaye – who flew to Tyneside after making his fourth senior appearance for France in Thursday’s 1-0 win over Poland – will now rest before reporting back for pre-season training on July 4.
Meanwhile, Newcastle’s hopes of signing Cabaye’s Lille colleague Gervinho have faded, with Arsenal expected to sign the 24-year-old midfielder.