10 Jul 2015

Crystal Palace completes signing of Yohan Cabaye

Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Yohan Cabaye for a club-record fee from French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

The Eagles will pay an initial £10m, rising to £12.8m with add-ons, making Cabaye the most expensive signing in the club's history.

The 29-year-old has signed a three-year deal at Selhurst Park, in a move which will see the France international link up once again with Alan Pardew, who he played under at Newcastle United.

Speaking to the club's official website Cabaye gave his reaction to the deal saying: 'I'm happy to be here.
'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.'
Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Palace co-chairman Steve Parish revealed how big a influence Pardew had in bringing Cabaye to Selhurst Park saying: 'Do not underestimate Alan's relationship with the player.
'Obviously Yohan has had a very successful period working with Alan and I think you will find that Alan is a coach that players trust.

'We must not underestimate his influence over this particular transfer because he has known the player a long time.

'I think it is safe to say that Yohan has bought into everything that we are doing at the club and he has come to join Crystal Palace but I think it would not have happened if we did not have Alan running the football club.'
The fee for Cabaye eclipses Palace's previous record transfer, £7m paid to Wigan for James McArthur last summer.

Pardew's side have pulled off a real coup landing the France midfielder, beating off competition from London rivals Tottenham to sign the former Newcastle playmaker, who only moved to Paris in a £19m deal last year.
 

Credit: SportsMail

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