Magpies close on Cabaye
Midfielder set to quit Lille for Premier League move
By Patrick Haond. Last Updated: May 30, 2011 7:21pm
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."