There is news today that Newcastle have agreed to sign Mehdi Abeid, who was at French club Lens, as a free agent.
Mehdi Abeid - 18 year old French U18 International
The news is coming from the top and long serving Newcastle fan site www.nufc.com, and they are usually right about these things.
The 18 year-old attacking midfielder has apparently just finished a successful trial at Newcastle, and he was signed as a free agent, after Lens had released him.
Newcastle also signed another top French youngster last September, Yven Moyo from Sochaux, but the youngster was injured in his Reserve team debut late last year and has only recently returned – so we haven’t seen much of this top rated youngster yet.
Both Moyo and Abeid have both represented France at U18 level, and we think it’s good that Newcastle are bringing in top young players, whom they can then groom over the next few years.
It’s difficult to find out much news about players so young, but it seems clear Newcastle are concentrating their efforts in bringing French players to the club, since Chief Scout Graham Carr has concentrated his efforts in France all year.