Both French and German media have reported that Newcastle midfielder Mehdi Abeid has been in Germany for talks on a potential move to Fortuna Dusseldorf.

With Steve McClaren talking of having to shift a number of players out, Mehdi Abeid is said to be on the verge of a 2m euros (Approx £1.4m) to the Bundesliga second tier club.

When approached, Fortuna Dusseldorf’s Director of Football, Rachid Azzouzi, said he could ‘Neither confirm or deny’ the reports of Mehdi Abeid joining the club.

Popular with fans, many of whom are puzzled as to why Pardew and now McClaren seem loathe to play him, Abeid looks sure to move on – whatever happens with the German club.

In pre season he wasn’t originally chosen to go to America and then had a late call-up along with Lubomir Satka – both of them flown over so they could be included in the starting eleven against Portland Timbers 2 – the plastic pitch deemed too dangerous to risk many of Steve McClaren’s first teamers on.

Other than that, the only other start for Mehdi Abeid was when he played the full game against York City in the 2-1 defeat, Steve McClaren playing a first eleven against Sheffield United and then making ten changes for the York City match three days later – effectively a second team.

The Algerian midfielder looked to have made a real breakthrough when featuring in the wins over Liverpool, West Brom and Manchester City (League Cup) last autumn but was unlucky to then get injured, never really then quite imposing himself once he was fit enough to play again.