French Midfielder Signs For Newcastle


As expected Newcastle have today finally announced they have signed Romain Amalfitano from Reims.

Romain Amalfitano – signed from Reims

The 22-year-old midfielder had already signed a pre-contract agreement, and he will sign a three year deal at Newcastle.

That contract will be signed on July 1st, when the new financial year begins, but like Mehdi Abeid last year, Newcastle have announced in advance that the lad will sign the  deal on Tyneside, and he’s the first one in this summer.

The news was announced on Newcastle’s web site,  and this is what the 22 year-old had to say about joining Newcastle, where there is already a large contingent of French players:

” “I am very happy to be a Newcastle player.”  “I have seen a bit of the city already and it is a change from France but one I am really looking forward to.”

“When a club like Newcastle wants you to play for them it can only be a good thing.”

“I have taken the opportunity to play in the Premier League and cannot wait to get going.”

Romain was born in Nice,  and the lad is a versatile midfielder, who can play  anywhere across the midfield, so that’s a big plus for Newcastle.

Alan Pardew has often said he’s like more versatile players in the Newcastle squad.

Romain Amalfitano – at St. James’ Park today

He started his football at Châteauroux in their Youth Academy in 2003, before moving to Evian in 2009, where he played for one season before  joining Reims on a two year deal in 2010, and he helped his club get promoted back to Ligue 1  last season.

Stade Reims finished in 2nd place in Ligue 2, with 65 points from their 38 games, and 6 points behind league leaders Bastia.

It’s a big step up for the youngster to come into the Premier League  from the French second division, but he’s been scouted by Graham Carr, so he must have the talent and temperament to make it.

Romain comes on a free transfer, so this is a very low risk signing by the Tyneside club, and the first of what we hope to be an excellent summer transfer season.

His 27 year-old brother Morgan plays at Marseilles and he was a late developer, and recently received his first cap for France – and we have to hope that Romain follows in his brother’s footsteps.

Comments welcome.



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32 comments so far

  • Beardo

    May 23, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Bolt out of the blue.

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  • rich_toonfan

    May 23, 2012 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #2

    very good news…..the more players we can bring in who will improve the team and give us different options of play the better.

    these days it is difficult to rely on one style of play no matter how good you are (barcelona have even struggled with just their one style this year)

    Hopefully we keep bringing in a variety of players over the summer.

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  • Spuggy

    May 23, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Brought in as backup to Cabaye, especially if Guthrie is off. Could be one to watch, along with Vuckic, Abeid, Fergy and Sammy.

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  • FatmanJoe

    May 23, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #4

    Hope he’s got the quality.

    I also hope he’s the last midfielder we sign as money needs to be spent elsewhere.

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  • LGFUAD21

    May 23, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #5

    rich_toonfan

    As for Modric, I dont think anybody will be after him for that money this year.

    Has proven he is not the star he is hyped to be. Any club willing to pay £20m for the guy is stupid in my eyes.

    If Modric is worth £40m than Cabaye or HBA are each worth £40m also.

    Don’t get me wrong, he is a tidy player but for £40m the guy better perform every week for my club.

    Apparently Wolfsburg are getting Taarabt for around £5m. At that price I think it’d definitely be worth looking into him and getting an assessment of his character. He’s had a woeful season but he definitely has quality and is young. Maybe his experience this season has calmed him a bit.

    Plus I can’t imagine Warnock being the best man manager. He seems like the sort of guy that could easily turn a situation into a full on argument. He married this year and is Muslim. I just cannot believe he is as troublesome as he is made out.I think he could settle down on Tyneside quite easily

    Imagine if he could be developed and put in the team. We would both possibly the most skillful attack force in the league. I’ve watched the guy a lot over the past 2 years and some of the stuff he has done on the pitch has been insane at times

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  • rich_toonfan

    May 23, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #6

    for me taarabt is a show pony….he likes to do the flashy things but not the basics

    almost like a young ben arfa…rather play the stylish pass than the simple one.

    I wouldn’t touch him but if the club think he is the right guy then fair enough.

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  • Spuggy

    May 23, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m more excited about our sorely needed defensive quality. Debuchy and Douglas please!

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 23, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Married and Muslim means nowt,Ribery fits that description and didn’t stop him clubbing with underage girls in nightclubs.

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  • Beattie25

    May 23, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #9

    I think Taarabt is a good call.

    If we could do with him what we did with Benny we would have an exquisite set of wingers

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  • FatmanJoe

    May 23, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Marveaux Is the man. No more wingers needed.

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  • wynsleap

    May 23, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #11

    For a free transfer this fella sounds like he could be a good buy.
    Two or three more like him to increase the playing staff for next season’s European campaign plus two or three top signings CB, FB and ST and possibly back up GK, should see us good to go for next season, provided we don’t put the For Sale signs up outside SJP.
    With Saylor and Marveaux to come back and hopefully Ferguson to make his mark – it’s looking good.

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  • BiffBaffBoff

    May 23, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Our “backup” midfield actually has a lot of potential now.

    Fergie on the left, Abeid/Vuckic and this guy in the middle and Sammy on the right.

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  • bollance

    May 23, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Hope Ba is not hinting at anything..

    I love “san antonio SPURS

    He just posted this on twitter

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  • LGFUAD21

    May 23, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #14

    rich_toonfan

    Think Beattie caught onto my point.

    HBA was apparently trouble. Hypothetically if we were to get Taarabt (and at a younger age than HBA) there is no reason why we cant develop him as a character and player.

    Benny appeared to only want to do the stylish stuff until Pards and co developed his ability as a team player.

    Fair point JFA forgot about Ribbery. But on the whole there is a good level of professionalism among these religious types. And the Married remark was more about him settling down.

    Barton’s chld appeared to settle him a bit…oh wait.

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  • FatmanJoe

    May 23, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Ha I don’t think so – the spurs are having a good season and about to play a big final. Theyve caught a bit of attention worldwide

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  • Beardo

    May 23, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Just being having a chin-wag with Golden Graham, said because Villareal have just been relegated, he’s advised the gaffer to pounce on the Colombian CB Zapata; Graham said he’s a physical phenom and would be a real steal if we can get him for around 7m.

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  • Beattie25

    May 23, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #17

    Marveaux could play central.

    ——————Tiote—————–
    —————Cabs-Marv————
    Benny————————–Taarabt
    ——————Cisse—————-

    Tell me that isn’t intriguing!!

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  • Eyeball81

    May 23, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Welcome to the toon lad

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  • Eyeball81

    May 23, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #19

    Sorry beattie mate but wouldnt want taraabt anywhere near the toon…bad seed that we can do without

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  • nufc786

    May 23, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #20

    u mean christan zapata a defender, usually at centre back. He can also play at full back on either side as he is comfortable with both feet, although naturally right footed.

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  • FatmanJoe

    May 23, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #21

    It’s arousing.

    But I still think Abel is more trouble than he’s worth. I’d put Marvel in his place and Vuckic next to cabaye.

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  • Beattie25

    May 23, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #22

    Taarabt is hardly Barton, Ranger or Bramble. We’ve dealt with worse.

    Anyway Beardo you good looking gimp, what is the likely hood of Zapata coming our way?

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  • nimo

    May 23, 2012 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #23

    rumours were interested in tolouses captain

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  • LGFUAD21

    May 23, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #24

    bollance

    Its an NBA team. The NBA playoffs are currently ongoing and they have reached the Western Conference Final against Oklahoma after trouncing the LA Clippers in the Conferences Semis Series.

    Basically they are very close to reaching the Championship Final.

    Absolutely nothing to do with Tottenham Hotspur

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  • FatmanJoe

    May 23, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #25

    And how did those players work out for us?

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  • LGFUAD21

    May 23, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #26

    Beattie25

    On that formation. I would have Marv on the wing and Taarabt in the middle. Better for each repective players style.

    To others: This is a fantasy conversation.

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  • Beardo

    May 23, 2012 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #27

    Beattie

    You sweet talker, you’ve made me blush.

    Graham said on a scale of Old Kent Road to May Fair, he said perhaps Water Works.

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  • Beardo

    May 23, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #28

    Mayfair*

    Silly me. With that spelling error, people might start thinking I’m you again!

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  • LGFUAD21

    May 23, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #29

    And just one more thing on the subject.

    I honestly think Taarabt’s reputation is over stated.

    At QPR he has always been a big fish in a small pond. A player that knows he is far better than his team and because of the way the manager and club handled him he was always going to appear like a troublesome character.

    But he has at times this season shown that he can play as a team.

    All I’m saying is, the guy has done nothing like HBA has at past clubs to actually justify him being tagged as any more of a trouble maker.

    This season will likely have lowered his value and interest in him as well as given him a slight knock off his high horse (which any player that did what he did last season would have). I really think he could be brought into a team that has far more quality to compliment him with. He will be able to step up to a bigger team and develop a good understanding with equally able players that speak the same language and some that share the same faith and belief system.

    If Pardew has managed HBA so well why couldnt he do the same with Adel. He will arguable come with more respect at a club like Newcastle where he will soon realize that he has to earn a place in the team while at the same time having players like HBA around him that can set an example and say “This is what is expected of you, this is how it goes around here”.

    I just think people put him up there with Mario Balotelli. The only person to have claimed such is Warnock and he’s hardly the most credible man in football. He’s also clearly not a man that can get along with most. He’s had disputes with so many players you have to think what the common denominator of each of them is?

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  • hdavid23

    May 23, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #30

    Demba seems to have a great taste, you can only love this Spurs team… hope they win it sweeping through the whole Playoffs (they’re on an 18-game win streak, scary…)
    as for Amalfitano, never seen the guy, but if Carr says he’s good, then he’s good

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  • Marty-Toon

    May 23, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #31

    Get in there,hope this guy is as good or gonna be as good as Carr sees in him …..
    Get a few more over the line now 🙂

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  • Troleibusiukas_LTU

    May 23, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #32

    Tarabt is shit. Another barton, just less productive on the pitch, hell of the troublemaker.

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