Newcastle Announce Signing Of 18 Year-Old Frenchman


Newcastle United today officially confirmed, seemingly for the second time, that teenage midfielder Mehdi Abeid has signed for the club.

Mehdi Abeid – signing first announced May 24th

It was reported on My 25th that Newcastle had signed the youngster on a five year deal, so we suppose the club is reminding the fans that this youngster has also been acquired this summer.

The 18-year-old arrives from French club Lens, having completed a successful trial at St. James’ Park last season.

Abeid has represented France at U-17 and U-18 level, and Newcastle reserve team manager Peter Beardsley said this today on the Newcastle web-site:

“We are delighted bring Mehdi to the Club.” “He is a bright, young talent and we think he has an exciting future ahead of him.”

“After an impressive trial with us earlier in the year, I’m looking forward to working with Mehdi and developing his talent.”

The fact that Peter made the comments, suggests Mehdi will be played in the Reserve side at least initially,  as he is brought through the club.

When the announcement on the player was first made, about five weeks ago, it was revealed that both Ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote had helped sell the club to the youngster.

The former Lens player had at that time talked about signing for Newcastle back and had mentioned Ben Arfa and Tiote, and had this to say:

“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.”

It’s good to welcome Mehdi Abeid – even if it is for the second time.

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44 comments so far

  • toonjohners

    Jul 1, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #1

    Sweet

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  • SouthLincsToon

    Jul 1, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Seems to be strong gossip going round that Neil Taylor’s signing is imminent

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  • geoff777

    Jul 1, 2011 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    Good news that there were no last minute hitches.

    Abeid looks to be a fantastic prospect.

    HWTL

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 1, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #4

    It was only confirmed today because it is the 1st July and that is when he can officially sign with his contract at Lens officially ending last night.

    The last announcement was just to say he would be joining, now he has signed up officially.

    Welcome aboard!

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  • Banbridge Mags

    Jul 1, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Great news, although I would much rather see the striker issues adressed. As we’re sitting on this a bit it’s my opinion that Ashley and Pards could be waiting for a few bigger transfers to take place therefore releasing some excess strikers at more successful clubs at the right money. This could well be August as a flurry of activity generally happens then.
    If spurs sort out their strike position, Pavlyuchenko for example is a lot more available at a far better price looking first team football. Same goes for Sturridge, Vela etc.
    Could well be a case of not jumping the gun and being very shrewd indeed. Where the re-investment of the 35m goes, the board will still be aware of fan reaction at not using it. Something BIG is in the wings – I hope anyway………

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  • JAMSHA

    Jul 1, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Wc to the toon :-), hope to see him get sum games nxt season.

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  • Angryman FCB Apologist smasher

    Jul 1, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #7

    That’s just coz jabba will be giggling to himself saying ” I’ll announce abeid again and the thick Geordies will think that’s 5 in”
    Awight!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 1, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #8

    @5

    I read yesterday that flappy chops at spuds has been told he must sell two of Defoe, Crouch, Keane, Pavlyuchenko before he can bring anyone else in.

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  • joppadoni

    Jul 1, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #9

    my team for the following season:-

    THUMP

    HEBBURNMAG BARO BOATER BOOM-BOOM

    WWJBD GEORDIEGERMAN BURNSIE JOPPADONI

    BELFASTMAG87 ARFA-CHANCE

    LEAGUE SOWN UP PEWPEW..

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  • Banbridge Mags

    Jul 1, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #10

    @8

    Spurs was only an example of my thinking. Once the top 4, sucessful clubs (or whatever way we want to call them) get settled with their squads ther’ll be rich pickings to be had of players with a much higher level of ability than say Shola or Best – therefore strengthening our own squad.

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  • LowFellMag

    Jul 1, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #11

    Is this the one in signing before the states?

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  • toontoon_andyb

    Jul 1, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Great news at least 6weeks ago it was was hoping to wake up to nzogs had signed or a new striker and we get summit we all ready new isn’t that great

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 1, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #13

    has the other young french lad Andy Mogwo ( the one man u were previously interested in ) been released ? There seem to be conflicting reports.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jul 1, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #14

    finally abedi his officialy signed dont know when will NUFC give cabaye and marveux there no

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  • toontoon_andyb

    Jul 1, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Do I hear taylor is bak on the go too com to us hmm

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  • grumpy_old_sod

    Jul 1, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #16

    Hope this isn’t one of the two that pardew was talking about.

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  • JAMSHA

    Jul 1, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #17

    Cabaye to get no: 7 mostly

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  • Xavi

    Jul 1, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #18

    this better not be one of those transfers pardew was talking about!!!

    im getting frustrated by his comments.

    only signing 2 players. we need at LEAST 2 strikers

    ashley u f**king clown, do something…

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  • Nufcjb

    Jul 1, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #19

    ED

    Get ur facts right..the club never officially announce that we had sign this guy..

    So this is the 1st time..get ur headline right

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  • JAMSHA

    Jul 1, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #20

    MA OUT! MA OUT! MA OUT! MA OUT! MA OUT! MA OUT! MA OUT! MA OUT!
    Any1 agrees?

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  • MykToonFan

    Jul 1, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #21

    @Rotonda Heights

    Yven Moyo is the player we signed from under Man United’s noses. He’s still here.

    Andy Mogwo has been released – believe he was an academy product? Not sure.

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  • Wigham33

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #22

    As mentioned previously a striker will be announced today. This is not the signing that I was told about earlier this week so no panic. Mehdi is a great one for the future though.
    Howay to the USA

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  • Stuart

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #23

    Well said @5

    I dont understand why everyones so impatient? Have any of you ever seen a transfer window before? Its very, very rare that all the deals are done in June/July.

    Alot of deals depend on movement from other clubs/making players available etc. There will still be a fair few coming in and a fair bit of money spent aswell.

    I just wish some of you lot could wait til Sept 1st before sharpening the pitchforks and lighting the torches.

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  • burnsie

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #24

    Haha joppadoni. Love it mate. Very funny!!!!!

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  • joppadoni

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #25

    its the first day of the transfer window i cant believe how frickin moronic some of these feelings being expressed are /shameonyou!

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  • RooneyToons

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #26

    AndyB…. Sayyyyy whuuuuut??

    There’s no way this is one of the signings, Pards is definitely talking about the first team squad where as Abeid is one for the future.

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  • arfa chance

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #27

    Loving the mention joppandoni.
    Myktoonfan your spot on mogwo was an academy product been with us since 2006, defensive midfielder. yven moyo is a winger

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  • Stuart

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #28

    What actually happened to Yven Moyo? Did he play much reserve games last season? I heard he suffered from alot of injury problems(no surprise there at the toon).

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #29

    @20

    And get who in???

    Would you like us to be more like Arsenal or ManCity??

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  • Stuart

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #30

    @Richy.

    Didnt you hear, theres hundreds of billionaires queing up to buy the toon man! haha.

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  • Davies

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #31

    IF THAT ANDY CARROLL MONEY WE ARE OWED ISN’T SPENT RIGHT DOWN TO THE LAST PENNY BY THE END OF THE DAY, I SWEAR I’LL DO TIME FOR MY ACTIONS. AND I DON’T MEAN SPENT ON CROCKS OR BARGAINS, I MEAN A SIGNING THAT SHOWS INTENT, LIKE MESSI, OR DROGBA, OR KAKA, OR VILLA, OR HULK OR SUMMAT LIKE THAT.

    ASHLEY OUT. FANS SHOULD OWN THE CLUB etc…

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  • malky76

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #32

    I’m sure he is a great player, but we re being conned. No money spent yet. If Puppet Pardew is going to keep his word, we are going to spend £35 between now and the end of August. The board treat the fans with total contempt. Silence is contempt and they should know that businesses need to treat their customers as king!

    At least Sunderland are making an arse of themselves buying Koreans. What do Koreans eat……?

    http://www.thedailytackle.com/2011/07/sunderland-told-to-lock-up-your-dogs.html

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  • Davies

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #33

    Stuart – Moyo got crocked not that long after he got here.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #34

    Thanks MYK

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  • wynsleap

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #35

    Stuart. (23) That’s a fair point.
    Id be happy to wait until the last day to get two quality strikers in plus Taylor and keep Enrique and Jonas.
    Now that would be a good window.
    I’d like to see one or two more good youth signings coming in, however, as this avenue seems to have dried up a little of late and especially since the likes of Baheng, Adjei, Zamblera etc didn’t come off and some competent youngsters have gone such as Lough and McLaughlin

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  • SincerelySamuel

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #36

    Moyo broke his leg i think but hes back now

    also Mehdi Abeid is not one of the 2 pards mentioned as he said no one will be signing before july 4th whch to me is great news as it means he was probably lying to the media about it only being 2 comin in Abeid is a Cracking prospect 23 goals in 19 apps playin on the wing/ off the forward
    also ive heard strong news that swansea have given up trying to block our move for Naylor coz hes desparate to join us and will be very unhappy in their preseason …seems im not the only one to hear it so cd be chanced

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  • Stuart

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #37

    Cheers Davies, thought I hadn’t heard much about him since he came in with abit of expectation.

    @wynsleap – I’d love it if on the last day we signed two or three quality players. I’d rather it happened alot sooner than that though haha! Everything done by the beginning/mid August at the latest hopefully.

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  • joppadoni

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #38

    @31 lol Davies, by the end of today. thats harsh man! lmfao

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  • Stuart

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #39

    Haha Davies! Messi, Aguero and and Christiano Ronaldo by the end of the day or we revolt eh?

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 1, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #40

    @31

    Your not right in the head.

    There is not £35M sat in the bank, we have been spending it.

    EVERY F*CKING DAY!

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