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French reports say Monaco close to swooping up Yohan Cabaye

Newcastle United FC v SL Benfica - UEFA Europa League Quarter Final

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Yohan Cabaye of Newcastle shows his dejection after Benfica score their first goal during the UEFA Europa League quarter final second leg match between Newcastle United and SL Benfica at St James’ Park on April 11, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

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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.