By 90Min
August 26, 2019

Yohan Cabaye is close to completing a return to France, with the midfielder set to sign for Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne on a free transfer. 

Cabaye, 33, has been a free agent since leaving Emirati side Al-Nasr back in January. The French international had previously been on the books of Lille, Newcastle United, Paris-Saint-Germain and Crystal Palace. He also has 48 caps for the national team but hasn't played for Les Bleus since 2016.  

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According to Sports.fr (via The Daily Mail), Cabaye is set to have a medical with Saint-Etienne and could sign for the club this week. Les Verts are currently unbeaten in Ligue 1 but are evidently looking to add some experience to their midfield. 

Cabaye began his career at Lille, where he made over 200 appearances and collected a Ligue 1 title in 2011. He moved to Newcastle United that summer, becoming a massive success at St. James' Park before earning a move to Paris Saint-Germain in January 2014. 

He was at PSG for just eighteen months before completing a return to the Premier League with Crystal Palace, signing with the Eagles for what was described as a club-record fee. He spent three seasons at Selhurst Park before being released and subsequently moved to the United Arab Emirates to sign for Al-Nasr.    

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Cabaye hasn't played competitively since December 2018 but his Instagram page shows he has been training hard as he looked for a new club. 

Saint-Etienne are seventh in Ligue 1 after two games and will be competing in the Europa League this season. 

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