Newcastle Close To Signing Top Algerian Midfielder

News today that Newcastle are after another one of Lens’ top young players.

Abdelhakim Omrani – 20 year-old Algerian midfilder

Mehdi Abeid arrived on a free transfer last summer and the 19 year-old Algerian U23 player now looks like a player of the future for Newcastle United ,  and he played well last Saturday against Blackburn, when he started in place of Cheick Tiote, who is off playing for the Ivory Coast in Africa.

Newcastle will continue to bring in top youngsters to the club and most of those could come from French clubs, and there is news today that Newcastle have their eyes on 20 year-old  Lens midfielder Abdelhakim Omrani.

The Algerian 6’2″  attacking midfielder is at Lens and like Mehdi Abeid, was born in France (in Freyming-Merlebach) of Algerian parents.

Omrani began his career playing for French club Metz back in 2002,  and then he moved to Nancy in 2005 before joining Lens in 2007, and he made his debut for Lens  against Angers back in March of 2009.

Omrani has played for the French U19 side and like Abeid he elected to play for Algeria, and last September he was called up to the Algerian Under-23 National Team for the four day training camp at Sidi Moussa, that Newcastle’s Mehdi Abeid also attended.

Omrani is rated as one of the best young talents in France and almost moved to German club  Bayern Munich last summer, but it seems that Newcastle may be one the verge of  acquiring the youngster, who turns 21 next month.

There are reports in the French Daily, L’Equipe,  that Omrani is having a trial with Newcastle right now, and a decision will be made by the end of the week whether Newcastle will sign the youngster.

This all sounds very good to us.

L’Equipe is also reporting that Danny Situ, who had a trial with Newcastle last summer,  signed for Swansea City yesterday.

We’re not sure why Newcastle didn’t snap up Danny, as he looked a very good up-and-coming center-back.

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