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Cabella joins Newcastle on six-year deal

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Remy Cabella has become Alan Pardew's fourth signing of the summer after the France international completed his move to Newcastle.

The midfielder has signed a six-year contract and joins from French club Montpellier for an undisclosed fee.

Cabella, who has been in the club's sights since they tried to sign him as a replacement for Yohan Cabaye in January, joins fellow acquisitions Siem de Jong, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez at St James' Park.

"It is great to finally be a Newcastle player," Cabella said. "This is a move that I really wanted to make as I have heard nothing but good things about Newcastle United from everyone I spoke to.

"I wanted to join a great English club and that is why I have arrived here. I'm looking forward to pulling on the shirt and playing in this magnificent stadium, and I will give this club my maximum.''

Cabella flew to Tyneside from his post-World Cup holiday in Corsica on Sunday, 48 hours after Montpellier president Louis Nicollin had revealed that a deal was all but done. Newcastle were cautious as they worked to thrash out the remaining details, but their optimism was rewarded when they finally got their man.

Pardew is hoping the attacking flair Cabella and De Jong bring will help to mitigate for the loss of Cabaye, loan strikers Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong, and the out-of-contract Shola Ameobi, while Papiss Cisse continues to battle his way back from injury.

"Cabella is a player who has been on our radar for a while and we are delighted to bring him to the club," Pardew said. "He is a player who I am sure will excite our fans. He has flair, hard work and commitment, and is going to bring a talent, energy and quality to St James' Park that our supporters will enjoy.

"Remy has great ideas when the ball comes to him and, along with Siem de Jong, is going to improve an area where we definitely needed some help.''

Newcastle are still working to find a replacement for Cabella's international team-mate Mathieu Debuchy before allowing Arsenal to push home their interest in the full-back. To that end, they have entered talks with Feyenoord over Holland international defender Daryl Janmaat.

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