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Newcastle let Cabaye go as De Jong joins


Yohan Cabaye of Newcastle United.  Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Yohan Cabaye of Newcastle United. Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Yohan Cabaye of Newcastle United. Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

NEWCASTLE decided to cash in on Yohan Cabaye after he indicated his wish to leave for Champions League football.

The Magpies and Paris St Germain reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of the 28-year-old France international (pictured) last night following whirlwind negotiations.

PSG, who had a £14million bid rejected on Sunday, made a significantly improved offer (which will remain undisclosed by both parties but suspected to be £20m-plus) to finally get their man.

The Frenchman, who was preparing for the Magpies' Premier League trip to Norwich when the deal was struck, will now travel to his native country to undergo a medical.

No sooner had Cabaye headed off Newcastle were closing in on Borussia Monchengladbach striker Luuk de Jong after he headed for Tyneside to undergo a medical.

The Dutchman had tests today with a view to completing an initial loan move with a view to a permanent transfer.

Gladbach confirmed the development on their official Twitter account, saying: "Luuk de Jong is not training with the Foals today. The striker is currently on his way to Newcastle for medical checks."

De Jong is a long-term target for manager Alan Pardew, who tried to sign the 23-year-old last summer before he opted for a £12.6million switch from FC Twente to Gladbach.

However, the frontman has found the going tough in the Bundesliga and is currently on the periphery of the squad.

Pardew has been desperate to strengthen his striking resources during the current window with Loic Remy only on loan, Shola Ameobi out of contract at the end of the season and Papiss Cisse having been repeatedly linked with a move away from the club this month.

Indeed, reports suggested a swap deal involving he and De Jong could be arranged, although that has been dismissed by the Magpies.

Pardew insisted yesterday that he did not expect Cisse to leave the club this week, although, given his well-founded caution over Cabaye, there can be no absolute certainty.