The Journal is reporting today that talks have begun between Newcastle United and Greek club Panathiaikos about the long term future of 21 year-old Newcastle midfielder Mehdi Abeid, who has just completed a successful season long loan at the Greek side where former Newcastle center-back Nikos Dabizas is the Technical Director.
Mehdi Abeid – talks ongoing with Panathiaikos
It’s not clear if Alan Pardew is willing to make a deal with the Greek side before he takes another look at the 21 year-old Algerian in pre-season training, but it seems a permanent transfer of around £300K is in the offing, and that figure is all the financially stretched Greek club can afford..
Of all the players out on loan last season Mehdi and James Tavernier were the most successful, and we thought Pardew would be taking a closer look at these two players before deciding on their Newcastle futures – but maybe not.
Mehdi scored 10 goals in 38 total appearances for the Greek Super League last season, and was one of their star performers, and he is already a favorite of the Panathiaikos fans.
Abeid was signed as a free agent by Newcastle three years ago from Lens, after his contract at the French club ran out, and he has made 5 appearances so far for the Newcastle first team.
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