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Romain Amalfitano has again refused to confirm that he has signed for Newcastle United, although Sky Sports understands a deal has been concluded.

 

The 23-year-old midfielder has agreed terms on a three-year deal and will move to the North East on a Bosman free transfer this summer.

 

Amalfitano, brother of Marseille's Morgan, is a creative central midfielder who has attracted a great deal of interest with Reims in Ligue 2 this season.

 

Newcastle's own scouting system is particularly strong in France and they look to have again won the day by persuading Amalfitano to join the growing number of Frenchman at St James' Park.

 

Despite the reports, Amalfitano would only say that he is still flattered by the interest.

 

"It would be a dream come true, but also a big step from Ligue 2 in France to the Premier League," he told Sky Sports.

 

"I know there is a lot of reports that I signed for Newcastle but I have contacts with other clubs as well.

 

"I think my good season in the Ligue 2 has impressed many scouts in Europe's top league!

 

"Everyone will know at the end of the season where I will be playing my football next season."

 

Newcastle and Amalfitano appear unlikely to confirm a deal has been done until the end of the current campaign.

 

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I'm telling you that if he was or want, you would be none the wiser.

 

So Im right on that one :lol:

 

Next, would you like to check how long I was a member of Newcastle Online?

 

(I'll give you a clue, its years (plural) not months) ;)

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So Im right on that one :lol:

 

Next, would you like to check how long I was a member of Newcastle Online?

 

(I'll give you a clue, its years (plural) not months) ;)

 

Let it go.

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So Im right on that one :lol:

 

Next, would you like to check how long I was a member of Newcastle Online?

 

(I'll give you a clue, its years (plural) not months) ;)

 

The only thing I concede to you is bra size.

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On Tyneside to sign today according to .com

 

http://nufc.com/

 

One down.......

I kind of expect us to do the majority of our buying at the beginning of the window, when prices aren't crazy (in one direction or the other) and our selling at the end. Hopefully we tie up Ba to a new contract, and the noises from Simpson's camp is that he wants parity of pay with his team-mates and doesn't want to leave.

 

I'm nervous about this window as the spine of this side could very well leave and what remains would be an entirely different beast.

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We have a European campaign ahead of us which means we need strength in depth. Hopefully this is being taken into consideration this summer.

 

Newcastle supporters need a dose of realism after a season in which St James’ Park glimpsed the prospect of Champions League football and finished fifth, ahead of Chelsea.

“I’m hoping that I will educate our fans for next season,” Pardew says. “If they think we can finish fifth with a European campaign and the finances we’ve got, it’s impossible. I honestly believe that you need to be a bit more open with the fans. The problem some managers have is they’re not open enough.”

Having achieved the board’s target of a top-10 finish, he insists: “This year, I’m sure we’ll say something like, ‘We’re looking for a top-eight finish, hopefully attack one of the cups and have a great run in Europe. I wouldn’t say we couldn’t challenge for the top six if we got knocked out of Europe. Then we wouldn’t have those extra 13 games.”

 

 

 

So there you have it folks.....league ambition sacrificed on the altar of vainglorious European adventures..... :glare:

 

Seriously, that sounds ok to me, its just the league is where the money is....you can't keep banging on about lack of finance and then dont try to compete to obtain more of it by piddling about in the Europa League. They really don't walk it like they talk it sometimes.

 

I feel better for that...havent had a whinge in weeks ;)

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Newcastle supporters need a dose of realism after a season in which St James’ Park glimpsed the prospect of Champions League football and finished fifth, ahead of Chelsea.

“I’m hoping that I will educate our fans for next season,” Pardew says. “If they think we can finish fifth with a European campaign and the finances we’ve got, it’s impossible. I honestly believe that you need to be a bit more open with the fans. The problem some managers have is they’re not open enough.”

Having achieved the board’s target of a top-10 finish, he insists: “This year, I’m sure we’ll say something like, ‘We’re looking for a top-eight finish, hopefully attack one of the cups and have a great run in Europe. I wouldn’t say we couldn’t challenge for the top six if we got knocked out of Europe. Then we wouldn’t have those extra 13 games.”

 

 

 

So there you have it folks.....league ambition sacrificed on the altar of vainglorious European adventures..... :glare:

 

Seriously, that sounds ok to me, its just the league is where the money is....you can't keep banging on about lack of finance and then dont try to compete to obtain more of it by piddling about in the Europa League. They really don't walk it like they talk it sometimes.

 

I feel better for that...havent had a whinge in weeks ;)

 

:lol:

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