MONTPELLIER president Laurent Nicollin has admitted he expects Newcastle United to make a bid for midfielder Remy Cabella this month, according to quotes attributed to him in France.
Newcastle have been strongly linked with a move for the 23-year-old in recent days, and reports in France suggest Montpellier would want to re-sign the player on loan for the rest of the season were a deal to go through this month.
Cabella has also been linked with Manchester United, but Nicollin feels Newcastle are more likely to make a bid.
He was reported by Midi Libre – a daily newspaper in Montpellier – as saying: “Manchester United have not made a single offer.
“Newcastle on the (other) hand, it seems like they are on the verge of making one, but I await confirmation.
“Either way, the idea is that Remy will remain a Montpellier player until the end of June.”
The report states that Montpellier are looking to sell the Frenchman within the next six months, albeit with a loan return likely if the move happens in January.
Meanwhile, reports have also emerged that the French club have already agreed a deal to sign Cabella’s possible replacement.
Lucas Mugni is reportedly set to join the Ligue 1 club, which could open the door to Cabella’s departure.