Montpellier are understood to have turned down a bid from Newcastle for midfielder Remy Cabella.

The bid – as we told you yesterday – was 8m Euros (£6.5m) and the French club have rather expectedly rejected.

Montpellier chairman Laurent Nicollin is notoriously extroverted and hard to deal with when it comes to transfer negotiations, as we learned when Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa joined the Magpies after months of talks.

The former French champions are believed to be looking for a fee around 10m Euros, so the two clubs are hardly a million miles away from agreeing a price for the tricky playmaker.

Mike Ashley, Alan Pardew and Lee Charnley – the man in charge of transfer activity – most likely sent the original bid in to test the waters, before going back and matching the asking price  for the 24-year-old.

Newcastle are understood to want their first summer signing over the line before the World Cup, so an official statement could be on the way within a fortnight, providing the two parties can come to an agreement.