Benitez Reported Ready To Make Shock Midfielder Signing

We always thought that Mehdi Abeid didn’t really get a fair shake of things at Newcastle under Alan Pardew – and after a good season on loan at Greek side Panthinakos in the 2013-2014 and then another season to forget at Newcastle, he was sold for a nominal fee to the Greek side last August.

There was news earlier this year that Mehdi would be keen to rejoin Newcastle, even if we are relegated – and now there is a report in O Jogo in Portugal, that Rafa Benitez is interested in signing him this summer.

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Mehdi Abeid in action for Newcastle

If the report is true it will be very interesting to see how Benitez can develop the 23 year-old twice capped Algerian International, who is a good technical footballer and certainly gave his best whenever he played for Newcastle.

Portuguese club Porto are also said to be interested in the player (which explains the O Jogo report) who made only 19 total appearances for Newcastle United in his four years at the club.

Mehdi always had good potential when he signed for us as a free agent from Lens in the summer of 2011 and it would be good to see the 5’11” central midfielder return to Newcastle.

Back in early April the Chronicle reported the midfielder was still fond of the Tyneside club and was still keen to prove himself at St. James’ Park.

He didn’t want to leave last summer when he was told he wasn’t part of the club’s long-term plans – presumably by then head coach Steve McClaren.

In early April a source close to Abeid said this to the Chronicle:

“If Newcastle want Mehdi next season he’d be happy to come back and help the team – even if they drop into the Championship.”

At least he wants to come back, but of course there’s no telling if this report is true.

Abeid is now said to be worth around £3M.

We’ll see what happens, but it would be an intriguing signing by Rafa Benitez.

What do you think?

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