Newcastle clinch £7.3m playmaker transfer after a year of talks - report
By North-east correspondent Harry Sykes
Newcastle have agreed to sell Remy Cabella to Marseille for £7.3million, according to a report.
The Chronicle, citing reports from France, claims the Magpies flop has clinched a permanent move to the French club after spending the 2015-16 season there on loan.
It is said the 26-year-old playmaker has finalised a transfer to Marseille after Rafael Benitez decided not to hand him the chance to revive his Newcastle career..
France international Cabella joined Newcastle from Montpellier for £7.5million but struggled to make an impact at St James’ Park.
He played 34 matches in the 2014-15 season but was not always a regular starter in the team.
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Cabella joined Marseille on a season-long loan last summer in a deal which included an option to buy permanently.
He made 45 appearances for the struggling French club in the recently completed domestic season, scoring six goals and supplying three assists from his central midfield role.
Cabella’s sale will provide more funds for Benitez’s transfer kitty, with the Chronicle reporting that Newcastle are hopeful of having at least one new face in the squad in time for the tour of Ireland next month.
In other Newcastle news, Barcelona are keen to sign one of the club’s leading players.