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.