Montpellier insist they have not had any contact from Newcastle United, who have been credited with an interest in Remy Cabella.
Alan Pardew already has a host of French players in his squad at St James’ Park, many of whom have been a huge success in the Premier League. And it has been reported in the past couple of weeks that he has now set his sights on a deal for Cabella, who is enjoying an impressive season in his homeland with Montpellier.
The 23-year-old midfielders, who has yet to win a full international cap for Les Bleus but earned 17 for the U21s, developed through the youth ranks at Le Stade de Mosson, and featured heavily when they won a first ever Ligue 1 title in 2012. This term, he has played in 18 of their 19 league outings, and has scored six times.
It has been suggested that Pardew wants to add Cabella to his Newcastle squad during the January transfer window, as he looks to mount an unlikely bid for UEFA Champions League football this season. After their disappointing campaign last time round, the Magpies are eighth in the table, and just six points behind fourth-placed Liverpool.
However, according to Montpellier chief Laurent Nicollin, they have not yet received any contract from the club in regards to the possible signing of Cabella. Furthermore, the French side fully expect to retain the player for the remainder of the season, as they look to stave off the threat of relegation having won just two matches so far.
Asked if Newcastle had been in contact, Nicollin told RMC: “Not at all, I don’t speak English. Agents have called me, but I am on holiday. We will see, on Monday. Anyway, there is absolutely no contact with that club. Remy is at the club and I hope he will remain until June. Of course, there are some offers you cannot refuse.”
Cabella is rated at around £14million, and has in the past been linked with a move to Manchester United. But with David Moyes claiming he is unlikely to add to his squad this month, if Pardew is determined to sign the player, now would perhaps be the best chance he has of luring him to Tyneside.