Incroyable! Crystal Palace Agree £10m Fee As Yohan Cabaye Deal Edges Ever Closer

Chris Wright

8th, July 2015

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By Chris Wright

Rumours have been percolating for several weeks but it looks like one of the most unlikely transfer deals of the window so far may just be edgding towards completion.

According to the BBC, Crystal Palace have summoned up the chutzpah to lodge a £10million bid (rising to £13million with add-ons) for PSG midfielder Yohan Cabaye, and the Ligue 1 champions have only gone and bloody well accepted it!

With Cabaye’s big £19million move from Newcastle to PSG in Janaury 2014 panning out just about as well as everybody expected, the 29-year-old French international found his opportunities limited last season and is mulling over his escape options.

Indeed, Cabaye made just 13 starts last season and lo, it would appear that the promise of a reunion with Alan Pardew, who originally signed Cabaye from Lille in 2011 while in charge at Newcastle, has proved enough to persuade the midfielder to lower his expectations slightly and return to the Premier League.

As such, he is expected to undergo a medical with Palace “within the next 48 hours”.

Should Palace manage to pull this one off, and an incredible signing it would be for them, then Cabaye would become their record signing – eclipsing the £7million they paid Wigan for James McArthur last summer.

Once again, all hail the power of the Premier League TV money!

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5 Comments

  1. Bob says:

    Why go after top class talents like Shaquri or Cabaye when you can put Thomas Bellend Cleverly on a five year deal instead. Genius work indeed.

  2. Dave says:

    Is ‘incroyable’ a reference to the 1997 video, Nick Hancock’s football hell?

    • Chris says:

      @Dave: Well, if I’m honest then no, it wasn’t. It’s just the French word for incredible.

      That said, I can remember the video of which you speak. Footage of an amazing last-minute, five-goal comeback or something like that if I’m not mistaken?

  3. Chris says:

    it wasnt long ago we had 2 bouts of administration….. What a turnaround…

  4. Dave says:

    Didn’t realise it was incredible in French, I dropped it in the third year and did German instead!

    But yes Chris, you are correct. It was in a segment about amazing comebacks, a segment that unfortunately included my beloved Port Vale squandering a 4-0 half time lead (Still 4-1 in the 82nd minute) against QPR. I was at Vale Park that day, still get nightmares about it!

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