Photo: Yohan Cabaye completes move; poses with Crystal Palace shirt

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Yohan Cabaye joins Crystal Palace from Paris St Germain on a four-year contract.

 

Crystal Palace have pulled off one of the transfer coups of the summer, announcing the signing of French international midfielder Yohan Cabaye on the club's official website.

The former Newcastle United midfielder joins on a four-year deal from Paris Saint-Germain for an undisclosed fee, but one that outweighs the club's previous record purchase - £7million for James McArthur - and is understood to be in excess of £10million, as reported by Sky Sports.

Cabaye cited the chance to work with Alan Pardew as one of the main reasons behind his decision to join the club. The duo worked together and developed a fruitful relationship during their three years shared at St James' Park.

Pardew signed the Frenchman from Lille in 2011 during his time with Newcastle, with the 29-year-old going on to score 18 goals in 93 appearances for the Magpies. These impressive displays earned him interest from several European clubs, before he opted for a move to PSG.

However, after a promising start to life back in his native country, the playing opportunities for Cabaye began to dwindle. Last season the form of Thiago Motta, Javier Pastore, Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi meant he made just 13 league starts, as he struggled to assert himself as a first-team regular. 

Speaking to the club's official website, Cabaye expressed his delight at reuniting with the former Toon boss: "I’m happy to be here. I’ve been waiting for the decision, had the medical and now I can’t wait to focus on my new team, a new season and my new life.

“I wanted to come and play for Palace because there are some really strong players here. They finished very well last season and I think they can compete to get into the top eight.

"I also know the gaffer and have worked with him before and I’m confident with him. I want to do my best for him because he’s made a big effort to get me to come here, as well as the Chairman, so I have to say a big thank you to both of them.”

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