Newcastle have been fairly active in this summer’s transfer window, signing six new players so far.
This is just a brief overview of each of them.
There’s some argument about how much we paid Montpellier for the attacking midfielder. Newcastle claims it was £7m and Montpellier claims it was closer to £11.5m (Transfermarkt has it at £8.8m).
Louis Nicollin – the Montpellier chairman – has been less than complementary about Cabella’s move to Newcastle. When we tried to sign Cabella earlier in the year, Nicollin said Cabella would be “bored sh*tless” in Newcastle and then, when we finally got him, Nicollin said:
“He wanted to go. I wasn’t happy, but I told him, ‘Congratulations’. In England, there is Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United, which are above Newcastle, but Newcastle is a club with a lot of French. He likes them, so great.
“Personally, I would not go to Newcastle. But hey, I’ll see him when he plays against a club in London!
“He has what he wants, fine, we’ll see. But in any case, he has the ability to succeed in England, that’s for sure. He is frail, but he’s hard to catch.”
Cabella made 114 appearances for Montpellier in Ligue 1, scored 27 goals and provided 16 assists. If you add in domestic cups and European competition that rises to 133 appearances, 31 goals and 18 assists. He’s played 17 times for France U21 and scored four goals. His only appearance in the senior French side was as an 80th minute substitute for Yohan Cabaye when France beat Norway 4-0 on 27 May 2014.