It was revealed on Sunday that Remy Cabella has a trigger in his Marseille loan that will ensure his permanent transfer after 12 appearances.
The Chronicle report that the deal will see Newcastle pick up £6m and the cash used to help fund other much needed buys.
The newspaper sees this as a done deal but things aren’t so simple at the French end of this arrangement.
The ‘small’ fly in the ointment is the quite important fact that Remy Cabella has been appalling for Marseille.
With the French club skint, they were forced to sell the likes of Imbula, Payet and Thauvin to raise over £35m.
At the same time star striker Gignac and the excellent Andre Ayew left for nothing because Marseille couldn’t afford to offer them competitive wages.
As a sop to the understandably unhappy supporters, the French club gambled that signing Remy Cabella would placate the fans and help the team to bounce back from losing pretty much all of their best players.
It has succeeded on neither count.
Marseille are fifth bottom and the fans are far from happy with Remy Cabella.
He has been subbed in five of his six Ligue 1 starts and told to wake his ideas up by manager Michel or be dropped.
The French media had reported that Cabella was unhappy being played wide left at times this season, although Michel insisted he wasn’t tied to that position like a typical winger.
Thursday night saw Remy Cabella given an ideal (final?) opportunity to impress in the Europa League against Czech minnows Sloven Liberec.
Playing in the number 10 role that he prefers, Remy Cabella was once again a massive disappointment, with Marseille embarrassingly beaten at home 1-0 as the Newcastle loan player had little influence on the game and was subbed as usual with 20 minutes to go.
With five more appearances set to trigger a permanent deal in January, Marseille are said to be having cold feet when it comes to making a long-term commitment on big wages and a £6m fee for a player who has contributed next to nothing since he arrived from Tyneside.
Sunday night sees Marseille travel to PSG for what looks a home banker for the league leaders, and it would surprise nobody in France if Remy Cabella is left out, either by manager Michel or under orders from the club hierarchy to stop him edging to just four appearances from that trigger for a permanent deal.
A bit like the instant expectations of Florian Thauvin stepping up at Newcastle after his move, Remy Cabella should maybe have thought twice before seeing a move to a club stripped of its star players, as a realistic route back to personal form and what looks a very distant return to the national squad in time for the 2016 euros which France are hosting.