Remy Cabella

Montpellier president Laurent Nicollin has revealed that there has been no January approach from Manchester United in signing Remy Cabella.

The 23-year-old midfielder has been in impressive form for the Ligue 1 side in the last few years and has attracted interest from clubs across England. The Premier League champions were reportedly interested in bringing Cabella to Old Trafford in January.

However, Nicollin confirmed there has been no approach from David Moyes' side for the French midfielder's signature, but admitted that he could expect a bid for English outfit Newcastle United.

The Tyneside club are believed to be interested in Cabella's services as Alan Pardew is preparing a January approach in signing the midfielder.

"Manchester has not sent any proposal. As for Newcastle, it seems to me they are about to make one, but I expect confirmation on that. But the idea is still that Remy is with Montpellier until June," Sky Sports quoted Nicollin as saying.

Montpellier showed the exit door to their former manager Jean Fernandez in December and has been replaced by Rolland Courbis. The former boss earlier admitted that the French side are willing to let their star player leave in January, if interested clubs could match their €18m asking price.

Meanwhile, Courbis has urged Montpellier to keep Cabella beyond the ongoing transfer window, but admitted that he the club owner Louis Nicollin will have to make a decision on the Frenchman's future.

"Remy Cabella? It is best to keep him but if Loulou [Nicollin] decides that it can be done in January, it will be in January," Montpellier manager stressed.

Cabella has scored six goals and managed three assists in 18 league appearances this season.

Meanwhile, United make a trip to the Stadium of Light as they take on Sunderland for the first-leg of the semi-final clash of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday evening. The Black Cats' manager Guy Poyet claims his side do not fear for the Premier League champions.

"No [Sunderland are not scared to face United], I don't think so, no. Seriously, no, because it's not about being scared or not," Poyet explained.

"I have got different experiences against Manchester United - with Chelsea, we were pretty good against them, and with Tottenham, we were not good enough, and I don't think we were more or less scared."