Magpies close on Cabaye
Midfielder set to quit Lille for Premier League move
By Patrick Haond. Last Updated: 30/05/11 7:21pm
Cabaye: Looks set to quit French champions Lille in order to join Newcastle United
Lille coach Rudi Garcia has revealed midfielder Yohan Cabaye is set to join Premier League club Newcastle United.
Cabaye has been an integral part of Lille's Double-winning team this season, however, he is now primed for a switch to St James' Park.
The 25-year-old has spent his entire career with Lille and is under contract with the Ligue 1 champions until 2013.
However, he has a clause in his deal allowing him to leave the club for 5million euros (£4.3m) this summer and he is ready to take advantage by moving to England.
Garcia said: "Yohan told us on Saturday that he had made the decision to join Newcastle.
"I respect his choice, even if I am disappointed because I would have liked to have continued with him."
Cabaye made his debut for the France national team against Norway last August and had also been linked with a move to Arsenal.
His signing will be a coup for Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and could form part of a double swoop on Lille amid rumours the Magpies are also chasing Ivory Coast attacker Gervinho.
But Garcia added: "They are all under contract. The only one who can leave is Yohan Cabaye.
"All others are under contract and, if desired, will be in the squad next season."