Report: West Ham wanted former Newcastle flop Remy Cabella this summer

Manuel Pellegrini of West Ham United and Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool give directions during the Premier League debut prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham...

Remy Cabella failed to sparkle at Newcastle United but West Ham reportedly tried to bring the Ligue 1 star back to the Premier League.

Newcastle United's French midfielder Remy Cabella reacts after missing a shot on goal during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion at...

It would be unfair to judge Remy Cabella on that ill-fated spell at Newcastle United.

Like fellow Frenchman Florian Thauvin, Cabella was never really given a chance to settle in English football. And, like Thauvin, he has thrived since returning to France.

 

The 28-year-old spent last season on loan at St Etienne from Marseille and reminded everyone why Newcastle paid £8 million to bring him to St James’ Park in 2014. Cabella was a revelation in green, scoring seven goals and assisting six more as Les Verts recovered from an awful start to the season to finish seventh.

And according to Ouest France (live blog, 10.50am) this form attracted the interest of West Ham, who obviously felt that Cabella deserved a second chance in England.

Saint-Etienne's French forward Remy Cabella celebrates after scoring during the French L1 football match between Nantes and Saint-Etienne at the La Beaujoire Stadium in Nantes, western...

The Hammers spent the summer looking for a versatile and intelligent little midfielder a la Cabella and Bernard to most likely fill a number 10 role alongside fellow new recruits Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko.

But, like with Bernard, The Hammers were left disappointed. Ouest France reports that Cabella is set to make his move to St Etienne permanent for a bargain fee of around £5.3 million.

During his time with Newcastle between 2014 and 2015, the four-time France international played 34 games in all competitions but scored just a single goal.

Saint-Etienne's French forward Remy Cabella (C) vies with Monaco's Brazilian defender Fabinho (L) and Monaco's Polish defender Kamil Glik during the French L1 football match Monaco (ASM)...

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