As Newcastle are thrashed - French press vote Cabaye as best signing of window

Yohan Cabaye has gone to Paris Saint-Germain - and the French press feel he is the best deal in France this winter.

The January Transfer window was not a good time for Newcastle United fans. The club did not make any inroads into the market - and then lost perhaps their star player when Paris Saint-Germain took Yohan Cabaye away from the club earlier in the month.

The Newcastle midfielder was snapped up by the big spending French side for a fee in the region of £19 million plus potential add-ons on the 29th - leaving The Toon with just two days to successfully find a replacement.

Joe Kinnear, the clubs so-called director of football, went after Clement Grenier - likely under the recommendation of chief scout Graham Carr. But Lyon did not budge - and Newcastle were told to look elsewhere.

However, that did not seem to happen, and instead Newcastle saw out the end of the window with minimal or no action going on at the club.

Today, the mystified feeling of the club must have rubbed off onto the players, as they put in an abject performance against their local rivals Sunderland.

Goals from Fabio Borini, Adam Johnson and Jack Colback sealed a 3-0 thrashing for the home side at St James Park - and the fans sang for Mike Ashley to depart and to take Joe Kinnear with him.

While that was going on, salt was being rubbed in the wounds by a poll in French media.

Le10 Sport asked their readers who they felt was the best signing of the transfer window for Ligue 1 sides.

With the likes of Dimitar Berbatov, Jordan Ayew and Josuha Guilavogui all in competition - it should have been a close run thing.

However that was not the case.

Cabaye came out the overall leader with 40% of votes ahead of QPR’s failed target Paul-Georges Ntep - who left Auxerre for Rennes.

It goes to show the sheer quality of the player they have let leave the club this winter - a player they have not replaced before the deadline.

The defeat today was not all down to the absence of Cabaye, but it contributed, and after failing to replace him any European challenge is now likely to fall away.

And todays humbling by their local rivals was just the beginning.

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