Newcastle Offer 22 Year-Old French Midfielder Three Year Deal


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.

Comments welcome.



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50 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #1

    i dont know what 2 say, i dont anything abt him

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  • planb's revenge

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #2

    not seen this lad. where’s naifron?

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  • planb's revenge

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #3

    @Indian
    what was that about frazier Campbell?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #4

    A guy was on here a couple of weeks ago mentioning this. I wish I could remember who he was, as he is obviously ITK!!!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #5

    he is in England’s squad to face Holland, IMHO undeservedly so

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  • JackButler

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #6

    He can play on either wing is quick, tricky and chips in with a goal or two 🙂

    How the hell does Campbell get a call up when Chamberlain is left for the under 21’s????

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  • Beattie25

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #7

    7Beattie25 // Feb 23, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    I think the wolves match is a big game for Pardew.

    Other than Saylor it is the strongest team selection possible at the moment and I will be intrigued to see who and how we play.

    If Benny doesn’t start Pards doesn’t rate him and if we play hoof ball Pards is tactically useless.

    Also on the talk of summer transfers the following (IMO) should be a priority and certainly a possibilty!

    2 CB’s (Douglas on a free, m’bwia/Vertohogen/that Lille player)
    1 exciting LB/RB (nagatomo/contento/izaguairre)
    1 DM (mo Diame on a free)
    1 attck cm (corgnet)
    1 RW/LW (Hoilett on a free)
    1 young CF (Rhodes/Jay Rodriguez)

    I reckon a net spend of 12 million on transfers supplemented by selling the likes of Simmo, willo, Colo, perch and best would turn our team into top 4 contenders.

    Add to that the 15 mill to be spent on youth and other freebies and it could be exciting.

    In reality I don’t think there is any chance but we will see.

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  • Stuart

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #8

    Give it a minute Indian Mag, you’ll think of something miserable to say.

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  • martoon

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #9

    JB from last topic. Not such a bad thing Fraizer Campbell in England squad and Sessignon off to Ethiopia days before the Derby – balances Cisse going to South Africa.

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  • Beattie25

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #10

    That is an outrage!

    How can Campbell get called up and simpson and perch br left out.

    Stuart Pearce you fcuker!’

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  • JackButler

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #11

    Stuart @8 – thanks mate, almost choked on my coffee after reading that 🙂

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  • WWJBD

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #12

    JB
    Campbell 140+ games fair load being in the PL
    Ox 58 6 of which are PL

    Personnally I see the logic

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  • JackButler

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #13

    martoon – Agree mate, but from a point of view of England picking the best available players who the hell can he pick Campbell and leave Chamberlain out???

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  • JackButler

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #14

    WWJBD

    For a competitive game maybe, but for a friendly can’t see why he’d be left out, great experience for the lad with little pressure

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  • Beattie25

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #15

    Hopefully micha Richards will get a game ahead of Glenn Johnson!

    At least that pony tailed Cnut isn’t in the team. I was dreading having to watch him in the summer!!!

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  • Ciaran Thomas

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #16

    How isn’t Danny Guthrie not in the England team ?.

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  • wynsleap

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #17

    Turned 22 and still playing in the French Second Division?
    I’d have thought he’d have been playing in a higher class of football than that if he’d been real quality.
    It is to be hoped that Carr has seen something in him that others haven’t. Another French mis-firer like Obertan worries me however.

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  • Beattie25

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #18

    Hart
    Richards
    Cahill
    Jones
    Baines
    Barry
    Parker
    Gerrard
    Sturridge
    Rooney
    Wellbeck

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  • SurefootedShola

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #19

    Crap player. We’ll sign him and never see him play for the first team.

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  • John

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #20

    Great to see nufc has a plan of action when it comes to transfers and building up the squad for far to long things when down to the wire on deadline day and making desperate calls at the last min to get people up to newcastle only for them to be over paid and under preforming.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #21

    Pardew is Tactically Inept, There you go Stuart, that makes your day, 🙂

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  • Stuart

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #22

    Haha sorry Jack, I couldnt resist like.

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  • WWJBD

    Feb 23, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #23

    JB
    Aye fair one but Ox strikes me as a johnny big balls type plus this close to the Euros it should really be the squad that is going though don’t ya think? I probably would of included Ox but I can see why he has been left out

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  • stuart no9

    Feb 23, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #24

    another frenchman? what is it with ash and the french? i think most of us know the answer , and why another midfielder?mm strange!

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  • JackButler

    Feb 23, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #25

    WWJBD

    I’d take Ox as he as pace, power, can cross, score and is a unknown quantity on on the international stage and England have been nothing over the years if not predictable

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  • toonincheek

    Feb 23, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #26

    Stuart @8 –
    No problem – he’ll just copy one from a previous thread.
    Ah . . . just seen he’s done it already.

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  • Toon Tang

    Feb 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #27

    get defensive cover. weve got midfielders coming out of our arses.

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  • AndyMac

    Feb 23, 2012 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #28

    Toon Tang says:
    ” weve got midfielders coming out of our arses”

    Maybe a rephrase on that TT ? 🙂

    Lets hope Amalfitano is not just an out of contract, therefore no fee involved, bargain. We havent done too well with those in the past..

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  • chris_g

    Feb 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #29

    wynsleap – “Another French mis-firer like Obertan worries me however”

    Fair point, although I think it was Pards who was responsible for the Obertan signing, rather than Graham Carr.

    In Carr we trust 😉

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  • stuart no9

    Feb 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #30

    wyn @17 good point there mate.22 – still in 2nd division in france -either ash has already got a buyer for him, or ash has really excelled his foot ball knowledge, or he aint very good, who knows? seriously though, who is moving on if we get this lad in ?

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  • Whos_SuperMac

    Feb 23, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #31

    This guy is a bit of a gamble, but only a small gamble. It isn’t going to cost much to get him over here, how much can he be getting paid in the French second division. Remember were dealing with Mike Ashley here, not a guy known to spend extravagantly that often, not on his football club anyway. So it’s a gamble but a calculated one.

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  • Whos_SuperMac

    Feb 23, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #32

    If he doesn’t cut it as a footballer after his 1st year, Ashley will put him in one of his stores for the remaining years on his contract, and he’d still probably be on better wages than he is now… To think of it why hasn’t he done that with the other free loaders we have on our books!!!

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  • Munster Mag

    Feb 23, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Beattie, what is hoofball? . Personally i consider hoofball to be Stoke – old wimbledon – Bolton under Sam. We dont play that type of game at all. And we have a manager who has us waaaay up the league – what planet u on ?

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  • StuW

    Feb 23, 2012 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #34

    It is amazing how many are saying Amalfitano is crap, yet haven’t seen him play. The reason he is stayed at Reims, and not moved to another club is because he wanted to be at a club where he is going to play regular at his age. Also, not many will know how big a club Reims are. They were in the first European Cup(Champions League) final in the 50s, and also two years later. Six times champion of France, won everything in France.

    The reason they are in the second tier is because the club folded about 20 years ago and had to start from the bottom, and have started shooting up the leagues over the past few years.

    Think of this lad as a younger version of Cabaye. I can see why they want him in, if Cabaye picks up any injuries or suspensions, this lad comes in as a like-for-like replacement. Sensible buy, free transfer, almost certainly will make a profit should they sell, and at 22, has a lot of time to improve. His brother didn’t really get going until three seasons ago, so he may be a late bloomer like his brother.

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  • toonincheek

    Feb 23, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #35

    All too easy to criticise a quick counterattack, while the opposition is out of position, as hoofball.

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  • Colo-Sus

    Feb 23, 2012 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #36

    Beattie

    Selling COLO are you completely out of your Tree!?!!?!?!?!!?!?!

    Other than that I agree with your Post re summer window.

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  • stuart no9

    Feb 23, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #37

    stuW @34 how do you know so much about the guy, and where have you seen him play apart from you-tube?

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  • philippealbert

    Feb 23, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #38

    a very small footballer

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Feb 23, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #39

    Colo should be sold if he doesn’t agree to take a wage cut. He is very good but there is a system in place and if he doesn’t buy into the ethos then that’s the way the cookie crumbles. Hope he realises that at his age and status with our club as captain that he should be demonstrating to the younger players that the club is bigger than the individual, so hopefully it irons itself out.

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  • stuart no9

    Feb 23, 2012 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #40

    ruddy @39 ” collo should be sold if he dosnt agree to a wage cut. ” would you take one if youn were the leader of your team, group, organisation . or whatever. and where the core of your team ? yeah. so any one who dosnt take a pay cut now can F..k off.? not really the attitude of a club looking to build a team to get into europe with is it . By selling players of his age , we are loosing experience.You win nothing with a team full of inexperienced kids, ask sir alex, -rio 34-scholes37-giggs38 , you tell sir alex there too old .We wont be paying him for his pace, but his understanding of the game and the knowledge he has accrued over the years. That is how you get into europe.

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