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French reports say Monaco close to swooping up Yohan Cabaye

Jun 14, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT

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French media outlet L’Equipe is reporting on their TV station that Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye is in Monaco for a medical, and has apparently passed the exam.

Goal.com’s French writer Robin Bairner passed on the news via Twitter, and said the news came from a “sure source” from within Monaco’s medical department.

This is interesting news considering no reports have been made in the last few days of a fee being agreed for, although obviously not everything is made public.

Two days ago, Monaco sporting director Vadim Vasilyev was quoted as saying, “Cabaye? He is a very interesting player.”

Monaco, funded by Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, have already bought up a pair from FC Porto plus highly coveted striker Radamel Falcao.

According to soccer database transfermarkt.com, Cabaye would be worth in the €16.5 million ($22 million) range.

The 27-year-old French midfielder is one of Newcastle’s core players, having made 42 appearances in all competitions last season for the Toon.

Playing for Monaco would mark a return to the French Ligue 1 for Cabaye. He was purchased by Newcastle in January of 2011 from Lille.

Oddly, the report has not appeared on the website for L’Equipe as of this writing.

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