Claims floating around tonight that Cabaye and Cabella transfers are inextricably linked.

This followed comments on Canal+ over in France tonight, the Montpellier coach Rolland Courbis a guest on the show.

To try and make sense of the various stories appearing both over in France and in England, we asked our top translator Pierre to have a look at what has actually been said on the other side of the channel.

cabaye and cabellaThe first piece Pierre found was on;

Rolland Courbis reacted in his own style to transfer rumours whereby  Rémy Cabella would go to Newcastle and Yohan Cabaye to PSG this winter.

Canal+ claims that there is an agreement between PSG and Newcastle  for Yohan Cabaye this winter for €26M, but only if Newcastle manage to recruit Rémy Cabella first.

Rolland Courbis, the Hérault coach responded with humour  to the  transfer of his sought after  player:

“If I was a player, I would not even play one hour at Newcastle.” The coach was speaking on the Canal Football club programme .

However on RMC at the beginning of January, Rolland Courbis was definitively less clear cut :

“If a good offer was coming, we would discuss it quietly. In this case, we would try to  compensate this departure with the arrival of  two or three recruits.”

Cabella had also commented on the approach from the Magpies:

“If a proposal comes, it is for the two clubs to discuss it and I will then consider based on that” he had said at the time, before admitting that the Premier League was interesting him.

While on they are reporting that;

‘…we can reveal that talks have advanced in a forward direction.

Montpellier officials still do not plan on selling the player this winter and will continue to make negotiations difficult this month. However, if an offer is presented that;

A)     Meets their evaluation and

B)      Includes the vast majority of the funds being paid immediately rather than in instalments, then they may be willing to recalibrate their position.

They opened up talks asking for a deal worth 20m but may be willing to reconsider should Newcastle present the Ligue 1 side with a respectable, concrete offer. Something they have so far failed to do.