Remy Cabella has completed his move to Newcastle to hand manager Alan Pardew a massive boost.
The Magpies confirmed on Sunday night that the 24-year-old has signed a six-year contract after sealing his transfer from French club Montpellier for an undisclosed fee.
Cabella, who has been in the club's sights since they tried to sign him as a replacement for Yohan Cabaye in January, becomes Pardew's fourth summer acquisition after Siem de Jong, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez.
Cabella said: "It is great to finally be a Newcastle player.
World Cup 2014: A World Cup XI of players linked to Premier League clubs
World Cup 2014: A World Cup XI of players linked to Premier League clubs
1/11 GK: Guillermo Ochoa
(Free agent – Liverpool) As of July 1, the Mexican goalkeeping hero is a free agent and, according to his agent, over 20 clubs has already enquired about his availability. Ochoa put in an inspired performance against Brazil which alerted the likes of Liverpool, and his contract at French Ligue 2 side Ajaccio has just expired. The Merseyside club have also been linked to another World Cup goalkeeper in the form of Costa Rican penalty shoot-out star Keylor Navas, but the 27-year-old will cost upwards of £6.5 million from Levante.
2/11 RB: Serge Aurier
(Toulouse – Arsenal, Tottenham) The Toulouse right-back was a shining light in an otherwise indifferent World Cup campaign for Ivory Coast. While still a raw talent, the 21-year-old looked lively going forward and provided the assists for both of his country’s goals against Japan. His form has seen him linked with a move to Arsenal although it is understood that PSG could beat both Arsenal and Tottenham to his signature.
3/11 CB: Hector Moreno
(Espanyol – Tottenham, Manchester United, Hull City) Barring Guillermo Ochoa, Hector Moreno was Mexico’s star turn at the World Cup this year. Before he broke his shinbone against Holland, the 26-year-old was being linked to the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham and Hull City but now faces five months on the sidelines. While a move this summer is now off the cards, it is believed the Espanyol defender has also attracted interest abroad from Barcelona, Inter Milan and Juventus and may make a move in January.
4/11 CB: Raphael Varane
(Real Madrid – Chelsea) Varane was signed by Jose Mourinho during his tenure at Real Madrid and it appears the Portuguese wants to bring him to Stamford Bridge this summer. Varane has looked assured alongside Laurent Koscielny at the World Cup, and is still only 21-years-old, which suggests that he could be a long term replacement for John Terry. Indeed, the current England duo of Cahill and Terry at the heart of Chelsea’s defence could well be usurped by a French pair in the not too distant future, with fellow starlet Kurt Zouma also joining Chelsea this summer.
5/11 LB: Daley Blind
(Ajax – Manchester United) One of several Holland stars linked with a move to Manchester United this summer following the appointment of Netherlands coach Louis Van Gaal. It is largely acknowledged that United need completely rebuild their back four after the departure of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, so Blind’s versatility makes him likely option. With Luke Shaw already signed and Thomas Vermaelan seemingly on the way, Blind may be the final piece of a new-look back four at United ahead of their new era under Van Gaal.
6/11 CM: Paul Pogba
(Juventus – Chelsea, Manchester United) Having already secured the signing of Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is reported to be in the market for a midfield partner to add some steel in the centre of the park. Frenchman Pogba certainly fits the bill for Chelsea, although he won’t come cheap. Juventus rate the former Manchester United youngster at around £60 million and after a string of strong performances in Brazil, including a goal against Nigeria, his price tag is unlikely to drop anytime soon.
7/11 CM: Sami Khedira
(Real Madrid - Arsenal, Chelsea) Another option for Chelsea is German defensive-midfielder Sami Khedira, who Mourinho rates highly from his time in the Spanish capital. Arsenal are also looking for a holding midfield player as they struggle to deal injuries to the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Abou Diaby. Khedira has had to settle for substitute appearances when representing Germany of late, but has looked composed on the ball when given his chance at the World Cup finals.
8/11 AMR: Alexis Sanchez
(Barcelona – Liverpool, Arsenal) Speculation has linked the Chilean attacker with a move to Liverpool this summer in a player-plus-cash deal for Luis Suarez. Over the last few days, however, Arsenal seem to have moved into pole position with the player preferring a move to London if he was forced to leave Barcelona. It is thought that Barcelona want a quick sale for Sanchez with new manager Luis Enrique keen to reinvest money from player sales to bolster his aging squad, and Sanchez could be one of those sacrificed.
9/11 AMC: Arturo Vidal
(Juventus – Manchester United, Arsenal) One of the outstanding performers at the World Cup with an excellent domestic record behind him and an growing line of suitors including Real Madrid, Manchester United and Arsenal. The Chilean international has been valued at around £50 million by his club Juventus and it is understood United are willing to offer £48 million for the all-action midfielder. With Manchester United looking to rebuild their side around a strong midfield, Vidal could be the man for Louis van Gaal.
10/11 AML: Angel Di Maria
(Real Madrid – Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United) The Argentine midfielder reportedly sees his future away from the Bernabeua and a host of English clubs have quickly moved to attain his services. Real Madrid's £40 million asking price may even deter the likes of of Manchester City, whose spending has been capped for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations, but Arsenal are in the market for a marquee signing and Manchester United seem willing to go to any lengths to rebuild their squad this summer.
11/11 ST: Enner Valencia
(Pachuca – West Ham, Newcastle, Everton, Leicester City, Arsenal) Enner Valencia, a surprise package at the World Cup for Ecuador, has come from the obscurity of Mexican football to bag himself three group stage goals in impressive fashion. The 25-year-old has attracted attention all over Europe and now a host of clubs are fighting it out for his signature. Newcastle appeared to be favourites to sign hin, but today West Ham have emerged as surprise contenders to sign the striker who boss Sam Allerdyce hopes with spearhead a new generation of attacking football at the club.
"This is a move that I really wanted to make as I have heard nothing but good things about Newcastle United from everyone I spoke to.
"I wanted to join a great English club and that is why I have arrived here. I'm looking forward to pulling on the shirt and playing in this magnificent stadium, and I will give this club my maximum."
France international Cabella jetted into Tyneside from his post- World Cup finals holiday in Corsica earlier in the day, 48 hours after Montpellier president Louis Nicollin had revealed that a deal was all but done.
Newcastle were cautious as they worked to thrash out the remaining details, but their optimism was rewarded when they finally got their man.
Pardew is hoping the attacking flair Cabella and De Jong will bring will help to mitigate for the loss of Cabaye and loan strikers Loic Remy, Luuk de Jong and the out-of-contract Shola Ameobi, while Papiss Cisse continues to battle his way back from injury.
Pardew said: "Remy is a player who has been on our radar for a while and we are delighted to bring him to the club.
"He is a player who I am sure will excite our fans. He has flair, hard work and commitment, and is going to bring a talent, energy and quality to St James' Park that our supporters will enjoy.
"Remy has great ideas when the ball comes to him, and along with Siem de Jong is going to improve an area where we definitely needed some help."
The Magpies are still in the market for out and out frontmen, however, and that will be a major focus over the days ahead.
In addition, they are working to find a replacement for Cabella's international team-mate Mathieu Debuchy before allowing Arsenal to push home their interest in the full-back.
To that end, they have entered talks with Feyenoord over Holland international defender Daryl Janmaat.
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