Reports in France are today suggesting that Newcastle United youngster, Mehdi Abeid, is being tracked by AS Roma.
The rumour has arisen after the midfield starlet scored his first goal for the club in a pre-season friendly against Fernebahce last week.
Le 10 Sport in France say Roma want to sign Abeid on a season-long loan with the additional option to purchase at the end. But the Newcastle manager will block any move with Alan Pardew hopeful of giving Abeid more first team opportunities next season, as we reported a few weeks back.
19-year old Abeid joined the Toon from RC Lens last year after spending eight years at French club. He signed a 5-year contract and continues to develop as a player.
Abeid has made one official appearance for the Toon so far, making his debut debut for the club as a starter against Nottingham Forest in the third round of the last season’s Football League Cup.
The youngster has played 29 times for several different France youth teams, but has recently chosen to represent Algeria’s full squad and played in four friendlies for the Algeria U23 Squad last season.
With the recent Milk Cup successes and several new youthful signings, such as Curtis Good, Gael Bigirmana and Lubomir Satka, the club looks in a healthy position for the near future. Pardew has been looking at several variations in midfield during the early pre-season matches, and we are beginning to cultivate a legacy.
Underneath is a cheeky video of the young lad showing off some skills with the great Hatem Ben Arfa.