Yohan Cabaye is on the brink of returning to Ligue One after Newcastle United agreed to sell the midfielder to Paris St-Germain for around £20m on Monday night. With personal terms unlikely to present a problem, Cabaye is set to fly to Paris to undergo a medical on Tuesday morning as Alan Pardew prepares for life without his best player. The France international had told Newcastle's manager he wanted to leave Tyneside this month, preferably for PSG, and Pardew accepted, albeit reluctantly, that he would almost certainly be Laurent Blanc's property by the end of this week. Although Mike Ashley, Newcastle's owner, rejected a £14m bid for the playmaker over the weekend, hours of subsequent negotiations with PSG took place on Monday after Olivier Létang, PSG'S assistant sporting director, arrived at St James' Park. Those talks concluded with a second, acceptable bid in the region of Ashley's £20m asking price. Pardew had made it clear that he wanted any deal concluded by Thursday at the very latest, leaving him time to recruit a replacement before the transfer window's closure on Friday evening. It is thought highly unlikely that the move will collapse – although Cabaye has suffered recurring groin problems in recent seasons – or that Manchester United will make a late attempt to hijack the transfer. Were things to fall through Newcastle are confident their 28-year-old creator, who arrived from Lille for a bargian £4.3m in 2011, will not stage a repeat of his strike last August when he refused to play for Newcastle in the forlorn hope of forcing through a mooted move to Arsenal.
Paris St-Germain agree £20m fee with Newcastle United for Yohan Cabaye
The Guardian | Jan 27