Remy Cabella offer needs to be upped if NUFC want the Montpellier playmaker

Montpellier president Louis Nicollin has rebuffed Newcastle United's initial offer for Remy Cabella

2012 Getty Images Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella
Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella

Newcastle United will have to up their offer for Remy Cabella to nearer the £11m mark if they want to secure the Montpellier playmaker, who is attracting interest from Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund.

United have made contact with the Ligue 1 club and are prepared to table an official offer in the region of £8m for the France under-21 midfielder, who says he would like to join Newcastle. But Louis Nicollin, president of Montpellier, is looking for more than that, and has rebuffed Newcastle’s initial offer.

United’s new managing director Lee Charnley is desperate to make a quick start to the club’s summer recruitment drive in a bid to generate some momentum after their desperate end to the season.

They want six deals in place before the start of pre-season, including three strikers and a replacement for Yohan Cabaye. But United’s desire to move quickly is mitigated by their long-held resolve not to pay over the odds for their targets.

It is a well-worn line that will not sit easily with Newcastle’s supporters, but the interest in Cabella is genuine and contact has been made with the Ligue 1 club ahead of a potential deal. Reports in France yesterday claimed United have offered nearer £6m for the player but The Journal understands they are prepared to offer more of their substantial transfer warchest to recruit one of French football’s rising stars.

Montpellier are resisting United’s attempts to broker a quick deal and are holding out for nearer €14m (£11m). They believe that Atletico’s interest – which could be formalised after the Champions League final – could drive the price up. There is also interest from the Bundesliga and Arsenal and Liverpool have also been credited with interest in a player who could offer some much-needed creativity to Newcastle’s midfield.

United have been looking at more domestic-based players but there is a firm agreement that Cabella is the sort of player that the Magpies need to push on next season, when the bar is likely to be set higher than the tenth-placed finish that earned the squad their bonuses this term.

There have been reservations about the number of French players in the squad but, as with Loic Remy, there is a feeling that the club can continue to secure value in a market that they know as well as any British club.

There may still be incomings from the Premier League. United boss Alan Pardew is interested in Jonjo Shelvey of Swansea and Tottenham’s Andros Townsend, and has been pushing for Newcastle’s summer reboot to have a British flavour.

United also have an interest in Sunderland’s midfielder Jack Colback, who will make a decision on his future this week and may yet leave the Stadium of Light.

If that is the case then the Magpies – who have declined to follow up an offer from Darren Bent’s agent in the striker – may move to secure a player who has been tracked by them since it became clear his contract situation would not be resolved last summer.

Cabella, however, remains a priority target.

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