What's the catch in the rumoured £21m Cabaye deal?

Despite being linked with Arsenal and Manchester United in recent times, Yohan Cabaye could be on his way out of Newcastle - to PSG.

The 27-year-old midfielder has been a star for the Magpies since his 2011 switch from French club Lille, having moved to the North East in a bargain £4m deal.

Cabaye has now hit 18 goals from midfield in all competitions since joining Newcastle, and also laid on 15 assists as he has established himself as one of the top midfielders in the Premier League.

Cabaye, who has enjoyed one of his best seasons so far, added another two goals to his tally with a brace against strugglers West Ham over the weekend, and his fine displays for Alan Pardew's side had attracted interest from Arsenal and Manchester United as Arsene Wenger and David Moyes looked to strengthen their midfield.

With less than two weeks of the January transfer window to go, reports in the French press suggest that Cabaye will leave St. James Park to return to France, where big spending Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly on the verge of a £21m swoop for the midfielder.

However, the deal is supposedly hinging on another transfer being completed – Newcastle bringing in Montpellier midfielder Remy Cabella as a replacement. Cabella, 23, is a highly regarded playmaker and has even attracted the interest of Manchester United this season, but Newcastle – with their strong French contingent – seem to be the frontrunners.

Conflicting reports are emerging from France, as Cabella's father Hector recently said; "Yes we are negotiating for Remy and yes he will join Newcastle this winter."

However, Montpellier boss Rolland Courbis believes that, whilst there is interest from the Magpies, a deal is far from being done on the current terms being suggested. "Louis Nicollin (Lille owner), Remy and his family will decide what is best. With the amounts currently being discussed, I think Louis is a good enough trader to make the right choice.”

The £21m fee for Cabaye was too rich for Arsenal and Manchester United's blood, but backed by the Qatar Investment Authority, PSG can easily afford to bring the midfielder back to France.

With Laurent Blanc's side competing in Ligue 1 and the Champions League, Cabaye now has the chance to move to the French capital as well as be a part of a successful project – if his current club can land his replacement.

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