Newcastle midfielder Mehdi Abeid has now arrived in Greece for his medical and is expected to complete his permanent deal to Panathinaikos by tonight.

Departing Tyneside for Athens, Steve McClaren had made clear to the Algerian international that he had no future at St James Park.

Earlier this month, it looked as though the 23 year old was going to sign for Bundesliga 2 side Fortuna Dusseldorf.

However, despite going to Germany for talks, the player returned to training with Newcastle after the two clubs failed to agree a fee.

The midfielder spent a season on loan with the Panathinaikos in  2013/14 and scored double figures as he helped them qualify for the qualifying stages of the Champions League, as well as winning the Greek Cup during his successful year there.

Mehdi Abeid hasn’t featured in the match day squads for either the home match with Southampton or the trip to Swansea.

The Newcastle player wasn’t even included in the first team squad that travelled to America for the pre season tour.

However, along with Lubomir Satka he was called over halfway through the three game trip because Steve McClare didn’t want to risk his senior players against Portland Timbers’ second team, due to what was deemed a dangerous plastic pitch.

Both Satka and Abeid were in the starting eleven for that game.

When getting his chance last season, Mehdi Abeid impressed in a brief run of games, especially the wins over Manchester City (League Cup) and Liverpool, before picking up an injury.

On his return, John Carver gave him little chance to prove himself – good luck to him if the move to Greece goes through.