NEWCASTLE United are close to finally signing Remy Cabella.
The club yesterday agreed a deal for the attacking midfielder, according to Montpellier chairman Laurent Nicollin.
Reports have France have claimed the final fee could be close to £13million and transfer could be completed in the next 72 hours.
Nicollin is quoted in France as saying: “We have a deal.”
France international Cabella, on holiday in Corsica after returning from World Cup duty, is now due on Tyneside to undergo a medical and agree personal terms.
Should the 24-year-old sign, it will end an eight-month pursuit of the player.
Newcastle tried and failed to get Cabella in January after the £20-million sale of his France team-mate Yohan Cabaye to Paris St-Germain.
Montpellier rejected a United bid before the World Cup.
But Cabella, having spoken to the likes of Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko and Mathieu Debuchy, has long been interested in a move to St James’s Park.
And he is set to become Newcastle’s fourth summer arrival after the capture of Siem de Jong, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez.
United, as yet, have made no comment on the deal.