Both Montpellier and Lille have contacted Newcastle United about midfielder Mehdi Abeid.

L’Equipe say that both clubs are keen on signing the Algerian international who only has one year left on his Newcastle contract.

Turning 23 before the Premier League kicks off again, the player showed real promise in a handful of matches but injury and a lack of belief from Alan Pardew and John Carver prevented Abeid building on that.

The record breaking eight league defeats in a row saw Ryan Taylor in an unfamiliar defensive holding rold in midfield, leaving many Newcastle fans bemused as Mehdi Abeid became available but was still left out in favour of Taylor.

A successful loan period in Greece for the 2013/14 season saw Mehdi Abeid return to Newcastle looking like a potential first team player but he only started seven Premier League matches last season, despite United struggling for most of the campaign.

This pre season has been similarly disappointing, with Abeid yet to get onto the pitch in the three friendlies so far.

The midfielder was one of six players left behind in Newcastle supposedly to help their recovery from injury, according to the club website.

However, only a few days after the squad flew out to America, Mehdi Abeid was then sent out to join them but was an unused substitute on Saturday night against Sacramento Republic.

The writing has been on the wall for some time and the arrival of Steve McClaren appears to have changed little for the player United picked up from Lens.

If he does return to France then Newcastle fans will be interested in what he shows in Ligue 1.