Reports in France today that Newcastle are ready to offer midfielder Romain Amalfitano a three-year contract.
Romain Amalfitano – plays for Reims in French second division
The 22-year-old plays for Stade Reims in the French second division and he is the younger brother of Morgan, who plays for Olympique Marseille.
Romain is out of contract in the summer, and the news is that he is about to sign a pre-contract deal with Newcastle United, before the summer transfer window opens.
That’s how Newcastle signed Mehdi Abeid last season from Lens, and the deal is made official when July rolls around, so this could be Newcastle’s first signing of the summer.
Amalfitano is 5’9″ tall and was born in Nice, and he is an attacking right-footed midfielder, who started his career at French club Evian before moving to Reims in 2010, on a two year contract.
We can only assume he is another youngster who has been scouted by Newcastle Chief Scout Graham Carr, and it will be interesting to see just how good this lad is, as he turned 22 last August.
Romain Amalfitano – that’s a pretty shirt
Romain has played 23 times this season for Reims and has scored three goals and has three assists, and in the last two seasons he has made a total of 59 appearances for Reims with 9 goals and 5 assists.
Newcastle will be releasing twelve members of their Development squad this summer, and owner Mike Ashley has released funds for the club to sign up youngsters from around Europe.
We expect a number of them to come from France, which is a good market for the Tyneside club.
And this signing will auger well for the summer, when we suspect Newcastle will bring in quite a few players to be part of the first team and development squads.