NEWCASTLE United’s Yohan Cabaye was sold on a move to St James’s Park – after watching the club’s 5-1 derby win over Sunderland on the internet!
The 25-year-old yesterday became Alan Pardew’s first summer signing after joining from French club Lille.
And Cabaye – whose fee is a reported £4.8m – is relishing playing at St James’s Park, having done his homework before signing a five-year deal on Tyneside.
The France international was taken aback by the atmosphere for the Tyne-Wear derby early last season, which saw Kevin Nolan – who will compete with him for a place in Pardew’s side – write himself into Geordie folklore with a memorable hat-trick.
Cabaye, a box-to-box midfielder, also took advice from former United players Charles N’Zogbia, David Rozehnal and Franck Dumas, and the trio all recommended the move to him.
Ironically, Wigan Athletic’s N’Zogbia, an international colleague of Cabaye’s, is another summer target for Newcastle.
“Before signing for Newcastle, I watched some videos on the internet, and particularly the game against Sunderland when Newcastle won 5-1,” Cabaye said.
“I could see there was a great atmosphere in the stadium, and I really want to see what it’s like to play at St James’s Park and in the Premier League.”
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