Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is proud of their deal for Lille star Yohan Cabaye.

The midfielder has been outstanding in his first season in England.

"It was a no-brainer," Pardew told the Telegraph of signing the 26-year-old France international midfielder. "He'd won the double [in France) and not only that but he was the creative force. Zinedine Zidane gave a quote once when he said what made him special was that he never thought about his first touch because he knew he would control it. Cabaye is a bit like that.