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PSG confirm Cabaye talks

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al Khelaifi has confirmed that the French side are closing in on a deal for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

The Magpies decided to sell the France international after PSG came in with an improved offer on Monday, which is believed to be close to the Premier League side's 20m valuation.

And Cabaye has reportedly made his way to Paris for a medical ahead of signing a three-and-a-half-year deal, although Al Khelaifi cautioned that the transfer should not be seen as certain to go through.

"It is not done," he said. "There are discussions, that's true, but it is not finished."

Asked what attributes Cabaye brought to the table, the PSG president told L'Equipe: "One, he is a very good player and 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 at PSG to recruit French players to bring into the French championship."

It has been reported in France that PSG stars Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva have expressed doubts about the merit of the signing.

But Al Khelaifi added: "The players are there to play.

"There are major players like captain Thiago Silva or Ibra, who may have their feelings about this or that player, but they are completely in line with the club's point of view.

"Of course, they want the best players in the world to come to Paris. But Cabaye is a very good player, no doubt about it."