Thursday 24 May 2012

Newcastle sign midfielder Amalfitano

Magpies swoop for 22-year-old Frenchman from Reims on a free

Romain Amalfitano checked in at the Sports Direct Arena to sign his contract on Wednesday

Newcastle United have completed the signing of young French midfielder Romain Amalfitano on a free transfer.

Amalfitano, 22, will join the Magpies officially when his contract at Reims finishes on 30th June.

"When a club like Newcastle wants you it is a good thing"
- Romain Amalfitano

He told Newcastle's website he cannot wait for his career with the Barclays Premier League outfit to begin.

"I am very happy to be a Newcastle player," said Amalfitano.

"I have seen a bit of the city already and it is a change from France but one I am really looking forward to.

"When a club like Newcastle wants you to play for them it can only be a good thing. I have taken the opportunity to play in the Premier League and cannot wait to get going."

Amalfitano started his career with Evian before joining Reims in 2010, and he helped Reims win promotion to Ligue 1 in a successful 2011/12 campaign.

The Nice-born attacking midfielder can play either on the right or in a central position, and his brother Morgan plays for top flight French team Marseille.

He is Newcastle's first signing of the summer, as Alan Pardew looks to bolster his squad ahead of next season, when the Magpies will also be playing in the UEFA Europa League.

Amalfitano is the fifth Frenchman to join the Newcastle squad, alongside Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sylvain Marveaux and Gabriel Obertan.

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Key Points

  • Newcastle sign Frenchman Romain Amalfitano
  • Magpies swoop for out-of-contract midfielder on free
  • Amalfitano joins from Reims, who won promotion to Ligue 1 this season