Magpies close on Cabaye

Midfielder set to quit Lille for Premier League move

By Patrick Haond.   Last Updated: 30/05/11 7:21pm

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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.

Respect

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."

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