Crystal Palace boss Pardew reunited with France midfielder Cabaye

Published Jul. 10, 2015 7:00 a.m. EDT

Crystal Palace have announced the signing of France international midfielder Yohan Cabaye from Paris St Germain.

The former Newcastle man will again link up with Palace manager Alan Pardew, who initially took Cabaye to St James' Park in 2011.

Having developed into a firm favourite at the Magpies, the lure of returning to his native France to represent PSG proved too strong and he completed a big-money move to the Parc des Princes last year.

Revealing the transfer on their official Twitter account, Palace wrote: "#CPFC are delighted to announce the signing of Yohan Cabaye on a three-year deal. #WelcomeCabaye"


Although the fee is undisclosed it is reported to be a new club-record deal for the Eagles, eclipsing the fee they paid for James McArthur from Wigan last season.

And Cabaye, 29, admitted his relationship with Pardew played a big part in his decision to move to south London.

"I wanted to come and play for Palace because there are some really strong players here," he told the club's official website.

"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."

With a number of niggling injuries, Cabaye started just 13 Ligue 1 games for Paris St Germain but still collected two league titles, two Coupe de France winners' medals and the Coupe de la Ligue.

But now he will be hoping to help Palace build on their top-half finish from last season as Pardew took the side from relegation candidates to one of the most in-form teams during the second-half of the season.