News today that both Ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote helped in the signing of 18 year-old Lens youngster, Mehdi Abeid, on a free transfer.
Mehdi Abeid – persuaded to join by Ben Arfa and Tiote
And yesterday it was confirmed that after a trial at the Tyneside club, Abeid signed on for Newcastle, and new boy Ben Arfa helped sell the club to the youngster.
We have to hope Ben Arfa is doing the same thing with a certain Kevin Gameiro – another Frenchman who Newcastle are after.
The former Lens player has talked about signing for Newcastle:
“I have had contact dating back some time and I visited the facilities there last week. I even trained with the Reserve team.”
“The leaders of the club told me about their plans and that they will rely on me for next season. For my part, I intend to give everything to develop in the Premier League.”
“I already discussed things with Hatem Ben Arfa and Cheik Tioté and they encouraged me and welcomed my signature.”
As well as Ben Arfa helping with the signing of Kevin Gameiro, we also have to hope that Tiote will be helping with the potential Gervinho deal, and persuading the Ivory Coast International what a great club Newcastle truly is.
Here’s hoping. 😀