Montpellier's chairman Laurent Nicollin has revealed that Newcastle United have arrived at an agreement to sign Manchester United target Remy Cabella in the summer.
The attacking midfielder was linked with a move to Manchester United before the transfer window opened as David Moyes was keen on strengthening his squad in January. The Ligue 1 club's former manager Jean Fernandez had revealed that a €18m offer would be too good to refuse for the player.
Newcastle's hopes of signing the player were handed a significant boost after his father Hector Cabella admitted earlier that he will join the Magpies during the mid-season transfer window.
The Tyneside club have won the race for the midfielder's signature as Nicollin revealed, but stressed that the player will not be leaving the club before the end of the current campaign.
"We have an agreement with the leaders of Newcastle that I will not reveal. But it does not include a departure for Remy before June," the Daily Mail quoted Nicollin as saying.
Cabella admitted earlier this month that this will be his last year at the Stade de la Mosson and that he wanted to ensure the club is not relegated from Ligue 1 this season.
The 23-year-old has featured in 20 matches and has scored six goals while contributing to three assists in the league this season.
Montpellier will not be keen on parting ways with their star midfielder after enduring a season of struggle, having won only three matches in the league. They are currently languishing 16th in the table with 21 points from 21 games, just four more than relegation-threatened Valenciennes.
Alan Pardew will be happy to add a player of Cabella's calibre to his squad so that his side is not affected even if Yohan Cabaye leaves St James' Park after the end of this season.
The Magpies' star midfielder has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain with the Ligue 1 leaders' manager admitting their interest in acquiring the skilful midfielder, but the 28-year-old is unlikely to leave the Premier League side this month.
Cabaye had attempted to push for a move away from Newcastle after Arsenal's bid for the French international was rejected last summer.