Newcastle United have finally confirmed their first senior squad signing of the summer with the recruitment of Stade De Reims midfielder, Romain Amalfitano.

He made his final appearance for Reims on Friday as they got the point they needed at home to Lens to ensure promotion to the French top division.

In his two seasons with Reims in total he has scored six goals in fifty eight league appearances and the attacking midfielder has five assists this season as well as three goals.

The player will shortly be a free agent at the end of June as when he signed for Reims it was only on a two year deal which is due to run out. So on 1st July he will officially be a Newcastle United player.

Exactly where he will be in the pecking order at St.James’ Park is open to question but it would hard to see him going from the French second division (albeit with a promoted team) straight into the Premier League. At only 22 he’s got time to develop and obviously we massively trust in the judgement of Graham Carr and Alan Pardew on what we’ve seen so far in terms of signings.

Whatever happens we wish him well and hope he’ll be as successful as some of his new French colleagues at Newcastle.

Though an interesting aside is that speculation in France suggests Newcastle could loan him back to Reims to enable him to get more games under his belt at a higher level.

Romain will be hoping to find a few more goalkeepers like this Scottish one playing for Metz back in March 2011 in this ‘from the terraces’ goal action, our new midfielder must put some spin on his shots…
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16 comments
CMRowley
CMRowley

I don't see any problem with this? It would be stupid not to. The only downside I see is if the lad signs it.

TonnekToon
TonnekToon

Looks like he may be getting the chance to break his brother's longevity record , it must be something to do with the name Ameobi

toon tony
toon tony

Great news. !!!! It'll be more money in the FCB ' s war chest when he goes on his spending spree. !!!

Roberts Grey Pants
Roberts Grey Pants

You make it sound like wanting to get money for him rather than nothing is a bad thing?? What makes that even funnier is the people criticising this are the ones who probably want to see Sammy out of the door anyway.


I actually think he gets a lot of unfair stick and whilst I won't lose much sleep if he goes I think he is certainly worth having as a squad player.


He is contributed more to the club this season than the likes of Cabella for starters.

wor monga
wor monga

So what if money is the reason…they offer him a contract, and it’s up to him if he wants to stay or go…why give him away for nowt?… 


...when he’s already shown he has some good football ability, and is young enough to improve somewhere.

nufcslf
nufcslf

@wor monga You seem to like watching overpaid Cashley arse licking headless chickens. Good for you!!!

Kevin Halliday
Kevin Halliday

Surely he will cost more in wages than we will recoup because we won't play him enough to put him in the shop window.

TimBoddy
TimBoddy

I don't think there is anything massively controversial about giving a relatively young player a couple of extra years, nor do I think it's overly cynical to do that just to ensure that the club gets some form of return from a player they have spent money developing. Just reasonable business sense to me.  If he comes good in his first few games next season, great. If not, sell him on for as close to break even as possible.

JLawls91
JLawls91

Does that principle not go out the window if he signs for a club abroad though?

toonterrier
toonterrier

If he is being offered a deal no matter how poor it is he will snap it up as I cant see any other half decent club will want to take him on. Don't they watch him on the pitch running for ten yards then stopping for a rest. He's not a kid but a twenty three year old who should have proven his worth by now. What will the club say next, He's a late developer and should come good over the next few years. Worse player than Obertan and as much use as his brother. If we keep him it will show us how much ambition the club has. Get shot of him and the other dozen players who aren't up to the job.

Porciestreet
Porciestreet

@toonterrier He will always be needing a breather because he is asthmatic and can only work in short bursts anyway. It's a great shame. He went to school with my Godson and was always a standout player but alas, was never going to go much further than he has . A pity also because he has enormous talent but circustances won't allow him to release it.

toonterrier
toonterrier

@Porciestreet @toonterrier I know he has medical problems but unfortunately it doesn't mean we have to take it into account when he's playing premiership football.

I also realise he comes from a decent family but again we need players to work their socks off for ninety plus minutes and the lad isn't up to it.