He has been linked with Toon since last season but if it was not for best mate and Tyneside favourite Cabaye, the switch would not have happened.
He said: “I’ve known Yohan since we were kids and he’s been a big help. I’ll be living with him here until I get myself sorted.
“It’s a real plus that he’s here and hopefully he’ll help me settle. Yohan and I have spoken a lot about Newcastle.
“It’s been a regular topic of conversation — particularly during the Euros.”