NEWCASTLE UNITED should confirm a second signing of the summer in the next 48 hours, but have been told to forget about trying to revive a deal for Remy Cabella until after the World Cup.
The Magpies, thought to have reached an agreement with Jack Colback ahead of becoming a free agent next month, were knocked back with an offer of around £6.5m for Cabella because Montpellier wanted double.
But the Frenchman’s late call-up to the France squad for the World Cup as a replacement for Franck Ribery has complicated any sale of the 24-year-old.
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Newcastle had hoped to get a deal done early , but alternative interest from Arsenal and Marseille has persuaded Montpellier to hold out for more money.
And Montpellier president Louis Nicollin is glad to have ignored Newcastle’s advances, when a positive appearance at the World Cup could see Cabella’s valuation soar.
“I’m happy with Cabella’s call-up because he is a great kid,” said Nicollin. “This shows the quality of our academy. It is highly probable that I’ll go see all the national team’s games. I’m happy I didn’t sell him to Newcastle for 8m euros.”
As part of Didier Deschamps’ 23-man squad in Brazil, Cabella scored 14 goals in 37 appearances last season in Ligue 1 and has suggested he would like to come to the Premier League to try to make a name for himself and heighten his profile.
Cabella will have spoken to Newcastle’s other members of the France squad about life on Tyneside, although Loic Remy will not be around next season with Moussa Sissoko and Mathieu Debuchy. Remy, who had a successful loan at Newcastle last season, seems certain to be heading for Arsenal from QPR.
It appears Colback will be in Alan Pardew’s squad. After returning from honeymoon, the 24-year-old is expected to finalise a switch from Wearside which will infuriate Sunderland fans.
The Killingworth-born midfielder, who scored for Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby at St James’ Park last season, has rejected an offer from Aston Villa and a new contract from Sunderland. There had also been a deal from West Ham to consider, but Newcastle are confident of sealing his signature.
He should join young striker Ayoze Perez in the squad next season following the Spaniard’s £1.6m switch from Tenerife.
Newcastle are also working on other deals in the hope of giving Pardew a much stronger hand. Former Blackpool winger Thomas Ince and Ghana’s Andre Ayew are the latest two names to have been considered by Newcastle, while Bafetmibi Gomis remains on the radar along with a number of England-based players.
Qatari club Al-Sadd, meanwhile, are interested in signing Steven Taylor along with QPR and Crystal Palace.