Paris St Germain owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi has no doubt Yohan Cabaye can be a big success for the Ligue 1 club, despite admitting he has never met the midfielder.
The Ligue 1 champions reached an agreement in principle on Monday to bring the Newcastle player to the French capital.
PSG had a £14million bid rejected on Sunday but then returned with a significantly improved offer - which will remain undisclosed by both parties - to finally get their man.
The 28-year-old Cabaye is now set to undergo a medical in his homeland and Al-Khelaifi is looking forward to adding the France international to the ranks.
He told L'Equipe: "We decided to target Cabaye for three reasons.
"One, he is a very good player, very interesting to us.
"Two, I have never met him but I was told he is a nice guy.
"Three, he is French and it is very important for us to recruit French players at PSG in order to win the French championship."
Al-Khelaifi also played down suggestions the move for Cabaye has not been welcomed by some PSG players, with reports in France suggesting Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva have questioned coach Laurent Blanc's interest in the midfielder.
When asked about the reports, the PSG owner said: "Each to his own. The players are there to play.
"There are major players like Thiago Siva or Ibra who may have their own opinions about this or that player. But they are completely in line with what the club wants.
"Of course, they want the best players in the world to come to Paris. The fans do as well. And Cabaye is a very good player, no doubt about it."
PSG have also been linked with Roma playmaker Miralem Pjanic, but Al-Khelifa conceded a January move for the Bosnia-Herzegovina star is now unlikely to materialise.
"When we spoke with Roma, it turned out it would be difficult for it to happen during the January market," the Qatari businessman said.
"Roma finished second in Serie A and are fighting it out with Juventus for the title. It was difficult for them to release one of their most important players mid-season.
"That's why this market has been so complicated for us: finding a good player who can succeed in the Champions League greatly reduces our options."
The strangest transfer deadline day stories - in pictures
The strangest transfer deadline day stories - in pictures
1/10 Peter Odemwingie to QPR?
One of the weirder stories of recent years. Odemwingie took it upon himself to drive to London from West Brom and spoke of his excitement about joining QPR. Unfortunately the Nigerian was to discover his club hadn't given him permission to speak to Harry Redknapp's side so Odemwingie suffered the indignity of being locked out of Loftus Road and sent back to the Hawthorns with his tail firmly between his legs.
2/10 Robinho's slip of the tongue
Newly rich Man City might have been pipped to the signing of Dimitar Berbatov in 2008, but they had made a big statement by stealing Robinho from under Chelsea's noses. So I expect they were delighted when Robinho announced: "Chelsea made a great proposal on the last day and I accepted". When asked if he meant Manchester City, Robinho replied: "Yeah. Manchester. Sorry!"
3/10 Ryan Babel's mystery flight
Ryan Babel was spotted getting in a helicopter bound for London on deadline day in 2010 but where was he headed? No move ever materialised and the mystery continues to this day. Just where was the Babelcopter going?
4/10 How much?
When Chelsea splashed £50m on Fernando Torres, in 2011, some felt they'd overpaid. Fortunately Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool were on hand to put things into perspective by immediately spending £35m of that money on Andy Carroll - a man with just a good half season of Premier League football behind him. Dalglish lost his job and Carroll is now at West Ham.
5/10 Julian Faubert to Real Madrid
Arguably one of the strangest transfers of all time, in 2009 Real Madrid took Julian Faubert on loan from West Ham. To the surprise of no one it wasn't a success, Faubert made just two appearances and once fell asleep while on the bench during a game.
6/10 Arshavin arrival
When that window slams shut (it always slams) trading ceases - unless you're Arsenal that is. The £15m arrival of Andrei Arshavin in 2009 had Gooners waiting for confirmation a full 24 hours after Big Ben had struck midnight. There was some excuse about adverse weather conditions, but that didn't stop Arsenal's Premier League rivals from raising an eyebrow or two.
7/10 David Beckham joins PSG
While any criticism of Sir David of course borders on sacrilege, and Beckham's decision to give all his wages from the club to a children's charity is to be applauded, the fact that he chose to make the move on deadline day when as a free agent he could move whenever he liked, did seem quite a lot like attention-seeking.
8/10 Benjani's airport nap
Sounding more like the badly thought through excuse of a schoolboy than a reason that almost scuppered a transfer, Benjani wrote his way into deadline day folklore in 2008. Flying from Portsmouth to Manchester to finalise a move to City, the striker rather unfortunately fell asleep in the airport, missing two planes and nearly ruining his chances of a move. In the end Man City fans must have wished he had.
9/10 Samba time
Nothing sums up the mad decisions made by desperate clubs during the January window than the signing of Chris Samba by QPR. The relegation threatened club forked out an incredible £12.5m to bring in the former Blackburn centre-back to save their season - and also agreed to pay him £100,000 a week. Turned out he wasn't much help, at one stage even having to apologise for being at fault for two goals in the west-London derby defeat to Fulham. QPR were relegated and Samba returned to Anzhi Makhachkala.
10/10 Alan Pardew's lucky day
Bizarrely and seemingly with a whiff of something shady, 2006 saw Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano arrive at West Ham looking more than a little confused. In the end the third party deal was ruled illegal and West Ham had to pay a £5.5m fine and £20m compensation to Sheffield United who were relegated when Tevez's goals kept West Ham in the league later that season.