Deal for Danny Guthrie’s replacement all but complete

Words by Kevin Doocey on .

Romain Amalfitano during a league match in France

Amalfitano - Is expected to arrive at St.James’ in the coming days

With Danny Guthrie set for a move away from Newcastle United, Alan Pardew and the club hierarchy are just waiting to announce the signing of Romain Amalfitano. Graham Carr and co. have spotted what they think might be the next gem to emerge from France, for a minimal fee - a few hundred thousand even. Although the Reims midfielder has been tight lipped over any potential move away from France, it is understood, and according to L’Equipe that the deal is indeed done, and that he’ll be announced as a Newcastle United player possibly in the coming days, or in the next few weeks. I haven’t watched him play so I don’t know what he’s like but I think it’s fair to say that we trust the men in charge of transfers at this stage.

When asked about where his future, he only had this to say:

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

To me at least, this is a clear indication that he’s on his way somewhere else.

It is worth noting that he hasn’t played at the top level in French football and will probably require a year or two to get him to NUFC’s standard. He’ll certainly be backup for Yohan Cabaye, but you never know what surprises he might spring.

I for one happen to be quite excited about his potential.

Without much else to say; here’s a quick video of him and his goals, some very impressive strikes it has to be said, regardless of the league:

Comments welcome as always!

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Barryhuckle: ⏱ 20/05/2012

Once again absolutely zero evidence of any reason why the deal might be complete.

Doocey: ⏱ 20/05/2012

You'll just have to bide your time sir.

Geordie_1987: ⏱ 20/05/2012

We've been set to sign him for a long time now, literally months.  He was always on the radar, whether we kept Guthrie or not.

Shagrack: ⏱ 20/05/2012

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E57xyXD4qsQ Looks like a cheeky little player, cant wait to see him playing at st james's :)

Vont: ⏱ 21/05/2012

he places on the left so he isnt guthries replacement