Newcastle sold Conor Newton to Rotherham United and yesterday completed the move with Wigan Athletic to move James Tavernier to Wigan Athletic.
Mehdi Abeid in action for Newcastle
James had an excellent loan spell at Rotherham last season, and 21 year-old Mehdi Abeid had a similar loan spell at Greek club Panathinkaikos, where he helped them qualify for the Champions League and win the Greek club, and in total he played 38 times with 10 goals for the club.
We had hoped both Tavernier and Abeid would be given a chance in pre-season after their very good performances while out on loan, but that isn’t going to happen, and there is news recently that Abeid is close to a permanent move to Panathinkaikos
There are reports that the Greek club will offer £300K for the 21-year-old, and the Journal is reporting that Panathinkaikos are confident that a deal can be sorted out in the next day or two, even though there is little money in Greek football at the moment.
The Greek club’s first-team squad started to report for fitness tests yesterday, prior to pre-season training starting, and Abeid was one of the players who reported in.
Mehdi joined us three years ago as a free agent from Lens, and he initially started his career well, but then the physical nature of football in England wasn’t to his liking, and he played only 5 times for the first team.
We expect a deal between Newcastle and Panathinkaikos to be announced shortly, and Mehdi will be on his way.
Haris Vuckic is a similar type of player to Abeid, and we also expect the 21 year-old Slovenian International midfielder to leave the club permanently this summer.
Written from Ipswich, England.