Newcastle United once again exploited their positive links in French football this summer in order to bring in the likes of Diafra Sakho, Emmanuel Riviere and of course the £8 million signing of Remy Cabella from Montpellier.
But before they got the latter, they had to go through the rigmarole that is transfer negotiations with the French club's eccentric hierarchy.
It started with Montpellier president Louis Nicollin snapping over reports he could head to Tyneside. He stated earlier in the year:
"There is already one of us who is over there (Yanga-MBiwa) and I wish him all the best. I think that Remy deserves something else other than Newcastle. Me, personally, I would not go over there. You have to piss yourself over in Newcastle… in London, okay I understand."
Harsh. They also stated that they would have to pay the same amount as Real Madrid did for Gareth Bale to get him. They of course ended up spending a hell of a lot less.
These tactics are normal from Montpellier. They did the same with Olivier Giroud and Younes Belhanda in the past.
But Cabella, does not agree with that notion. He has been speaking to reporters in France about his move - and appears more than happy with the switch.
In quotes translated by the Chronicle Live Cabella stated:
“I am very happy to have signed for Newcastle. That’s what I wanted. I wanted to take the next step and discover a new championship. We must put the wheels in motion, win matches and then things will be even better.”
Cabella has been impressive for Newcastle. This week his form saw him start for France in a friendly with Serbia - and fans are finally starting to appreciate the eccentric playmaker across the Channel.
As happy as Cabella is to be here, Newcastle fans are equally happy he did not sign for the likes of Inter Milan, Arsenal or Manchester United - who were all at one point or another linked with his signature.
Now they will hope he can help them to a top eight finish.