Amalfitano signs four-year deal at NUFC

Romain signs on
As expected, Newcastle have confirmed the signing of Romain Amalfitano on a free transfer from newly promoted French side Stade de Reims.

And as expected the signing was confirmed just after I walked out of the door to go to work, hence the slight delay in writing this as I’m now in Belgium. Anyway I digress…

The 22-year-old Frenchman will join Newcastle officially when his contract expires at the end of June meaning that he will be registered as an NUFC player on July 1st such is the nature of pre-contract agreements. The midfielder becomes the first summer signing at St James’ Park and spoke to the official club website as the news was announced.

“I am very happy to be a Newcastle player,” said Romain. “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 joins an ever growing French contingent on Tyneside as the club seek to extract value from the transfer market. I’ll happily admit that I know next to nothing abut the lad although he must be rated rather highly by our scouting department to warrant us making a move after spending so long in our sights.

I’m unsure what his role is going to be and whether he has been brought in as backup or whether he is here to challenge the first team but I guess time will tell. I certainly won’t be making rash decisions based on the fact that I’ve not really heard of him and he will get his chance to show me, and others I’m sure, just what he can do.

If anyone does know more about him then please feel free to share the information. I’m sure it will be welcomed with open arms!

Welcome aboard Romain Amalfitano.

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214 thoughts on “Amalfitano signs four-year deal at NUFC

  1. Richie
    Can’t help feeling the Spanish liga is overrated anyway, it’s always just the same old teams 30 points above the rest. The only draw is the skillful players and moves other than that it’s got nothing on the intrigue of the Premier League, Bundesliga and even ligue 1.

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  2. Andy..not going to watch Deportivo. I’m going to watch Hercules it’s their last home game and a win will clinch a play off spot.

    ST…I know what you mean, it would be nervy but I’d much rather keep him. I hate the transfer window like πŸ‘Ώ

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  3. ST
    Aye that was the point I was making with LST yesterday, it’s all good saying when Ba leaves we’ll move for Giroud(or de Jong) but if its the last day when Ba leaves those players may already be taken and we’ll be left short till January when CissΓ© leaves for the ACN anyway.

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  4. SolanosTrumpet says:
    May 24, 2012 at 13:00
    Have people read nufc.com’s thoughts on Ba. Good read, agree on what verdict they’ve come to as well.
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    I have and fair play to them. Some good points in that article.

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  5. Andy….It’s canny to watch apart from the rolling around and cheating all the time, the unfortunate thing is that the clubs can negotiate their own tv deals so RM and Barca are always going to earn way more tv money than anyone else and that’s on top of the “way more” revenue they get for everything else. You only have to look at Valencia who usually qualify for the CL, yet are still ****ing skint ‘cos all their other revenue sources are crap, they have a half built new stadium that’s had no work done on it for 2 years 😯

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  6. Richie
    Why is it that Valencia are so reluctant to sell there players then if they’re so skint?

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  7. They havn’t been that reluctant, they’ve sold Vill, Mata and Silva off the top of my head. Thing is they’ll only sell for top whack because they need to keep a decent team, if they don’t qualify for the CL they’d struggle even more so I guess that comes into their thinking. I thionk selling those players has helped them alot and they are supposed to start work again on the stadium soon, but I’ll believe that when I see it.

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  8. Rumours kalou is having medical at sjp#quality signing

    MMM…. ****ter strikes again

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  9. How much would Kalou be on? And how much could he really demand going forward.. not sure how he would go, not keen on picking chelsea rejects

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  10. Another problem with getting Kalou is he’s from the ivory coast and is an international so that would mean losing him for a month and a half in January/Feb.

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  11. Ice- I thought he was older too.

    AMF- that’s the problem- I bet he was on a fortune. Even the waterboy is on at least 80K at Chelsea.

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  12. Ice πŸ™‚ Na mate nursing a bit of a hangover..so the old brain is working slower than normal πŸ™‚ . don’t need tablets to get to sleep, I just read Ritchie’s posts. Works every time πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  13. MDS, I am not sure where all the chelsea and man city rejects are going to end up.. they will have to take some serious paycuts to be signed by other clubs..

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  14. Just getting back on topic for a moment, I was interested to see that Olivier Bernard has been singing the praises of Amalfitano, and that it was reported today that “Frenchman Bernard has watched Amalfitano closely over the past two years….”
    http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/newcastle-united/nufc-news/2012/05/24/romain-amalfitano-tipped-to-be-big-hit-at-newcastle-united-72703-31035219/

    I knew that Olly still had fairly close links with the club because I’d read that he’d been acting as an interpreter for Cisse when he first arrived, but now I’m beginning to wonder if he’s also been playing a much more significant role behind the scenes (ie. scouting). Maybe it’s Olly, and not Graham Carr, who has been the key to our success in the French market place?

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  15. Reading between the lines with this new RA frenchman and watching Youtube bits I reckon he’s the replacement for Gosling not Guthrie. Pardew always wanted a midfielder arriving late into the box and scoring and thought Gosling was that. Now he’s seen Gosling’s actually up to nothing he’s brought in RA.
    I’d keep Guthrie but if he can’t handle being back up . . .

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  16. Very interesting point Chris G. Bernard can’t be making much of a living just doing the odd bit of translation and if Carr needs help in France especially delving into expiring contracts and unhappy players. Makes sense!

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  17. aussie magpie fan says:
    May 24, 2012 at 14:24
    MDS, I am not sure where all the chelsea and man city rejects are going to end up.. they will have to take some serious paycuts to be signed by other clubs..
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    Agreed- they will have to take pay cuts if they ever want to play again.

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  18. “AMF- that’s the problem- I bet he was on a fortune. Even the waterboy is on at least 80K at Chelsea.”
    Aye I went to London once and I’m still getting a thousand quid a week from Abamovich πŸ˜†

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  19. Aussie, not true, they could do a Wright-Phillips and waste their career and international prospects and only move when some mediocre but filthy rich club emerge πŸ™„
    Some players are absolute idiots.

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  20. ST
    Like Milner, oh wait he was picked how does that work? He only got like 25 minutes playing time last season.

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  21. Okay, about the supposed Ba negotiations, there are absolutely no quotes in the story, so it is obviously fictional.

    On Barnetta, I recall the English agent saying that NUFC’s offer was low, but then later for Barnetta’s actual agent to come out denying to know anything about him, and then saying that any deal would be dead anyway since he just got injured

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  22. In fairness to Milner, he played 40 games this season and started 28 whilst forging an almost telepathic understanding with Silva. Had a really good season by all accounts and was the reason for Johnson not getting game time….

    I’d take Kalou BTW. Good player but we so need more quality available to us during ACON or our season will crumble badly…

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  23. Once a players contract is up what they got paid at Citeh are Chelsea is irrelevant, the only thing that matters is what the “new” clubs interesteded in signing them are prepared to pay and they have to accept that or get sweet fa πŸ˜‰

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  24. I heard Joey Barton has been Banned For 12 Matches..

    Or in Kieron Dyer terms..5 seasons πŸ™„

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  25. Whey hey Ice, I thought everyone had gone home but forgot to switch the lights off on the way out :mrgreen:

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  26. even toonsy is lording it aboot abroad,lazy git,and poor me grafting me-sel while wor lass is sunning her-sel in Malta,things anit shared oot reet imo πŸ™

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  27. Ice..how come your lass gets to keep swanning of to Malta while you stay in Blighty?…..I can see who wears the trouser’s in your house πŸ˜‰

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  28. RICHIE you tell me,lucky she took the trousers with her she will sort the ****ers oot owr there πŸ™‚
    nearly got housemaids here πŸ™
    and some ****er is drinking all me j/d

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  29. Ice, aye read that. I wish it was the new season I’m bored to tears already….it’s like reading one of Aussie’s posts πŸ˜†

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  30. Yeah Richie, I’m bored too. looking a bit forward to Eurpos i guess. I enjoy the footy but have no rooting interest in the tournament so i’ll pretty much just be hoping none of our lads get hurt.

    Outside of that, time of year to enjoy a bit of good weather….

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  31. I’ll be rooting for England but it’s just not the same πŸ™ Aye, I might pop to the beach tomorrow and enjoy a bit of sun 😎 ……whey I’m gonna watch a bit of TV now with my beloved, is it weird to call a beer “beloved”? πŸ˜†

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  32. Must admit, anar foooook all about this kid. But I do know ‘Amalfi’ is a canny little toon in Italy, and his name sounds canny eye-tie like.

    …actually, it also sounds like “I’m all fit, I know” in Geordie (am ahhl fit ah know), which hopefully means he never gets injured. 😎 πŸ™„

    With regards to the photo, I like the way ‘Sp**ts Dir**t’ gets precedence in the frame, over ‘Newcastle’.

    …and someone tell that tiny bloke in the bottom left corner he’s aboot te get squeshed by Romain’s MASSIVE BAAALL 😯

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  33. I agree with Rod I know **** all about him, and I too like the how SD gets pride of place bastads πŸ˜†
    Well atleast thats one in the bag hopefully a few more to go

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  34. UTD111@130, au contraire mon ami 😯

    …his surname has the perfect syllable count for a re-hash of Tony Bennett’s much-loved terrace tune, ‘Can’t Take my eyes off(a) you’.

    …cue:

    AM-AHL-FIT-AHH-NO
    and if it’s quite alright
    AM-AHL-FIT-AHH-NO
    our European nights
    AM-AHL-FIT-AHH-NO
    seem much better with you…

    (or sumik) 😐

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  35. I hung onto the Gatesheed millennium bridge today when it blinked ! 😯 : Scary like but a reet laugh.
    The bridge master was gannin off it ! πŸ˜›

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  36. Nowt wrang with hanging onto Bridges Troy.

    …ask the Newcastle Jets. They certainly take the Michael. 😯

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  37. Bats, I think that was Richey Edwards from the Manic Street Preachers. On his way back to civilisation from a Sunderland Poytechnich gig, way back in 1992.

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  38. ahhhh, DAMMIT 😈 I nearly latched onto a Batty conversation there. πŸ‘Ώ

    …you used to send me roses, you used to sing me love songs. πŸ˜†

    It’s so funny
    How we don’t taaaaak any more
    It’s so funny
    How we don’t taaaaak any more…
    But I ain’t losing sleep 😯
    And I hate Cowdenbeath (Cowdenbee-ee-eath)
    It’s so funny…
    How we don’t talk anymore πŸ™

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  39. WAHEYYY!!! 😯 😯

    All the best mate! Nice one. 😎 Hafti change ye nickname te ‘Granda Bats’ noo like πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜†

    Aye, age is a funny onion. Inside every old person is a young person saying “WTF happened there like, that was quick?!” πŸ˜†

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  40. Seeing eds article on that kid from Hartlepool Luke James, made me think we should definately sign him up then loan him back to Hartlepool for a season, after that loan him to a Championship club for a season, then a mid-bottom PL club for a season, by the end of it he’ll be 19 have played in 3 different competitive leagues and will be ready to play for us. I know I’m not sticking to my ‘never trust anyone who’s last name is a forename’ philosophy but hell this kids got potential, and he’s a local lad (Northumberland not Perthshire).

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  41. aye spot on there rod fckin flys by ,its seems 5 mins since i was robbing the slots doon spanish city πŸ™

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  42. πŸ˜† Bats πŸ˜† ….aaaah, skiving school and strimming the nudgers, maybe hit lucky and rob some imposter charva’s ZX500s πŸ˜†

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  43. Rod i used to ripp the reject slot open on the 10p slot then knock the clip doon on the 50p slot with a bike spoke ,2 credits and 40 p change πŸ˜‰

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  44. I feel privileged to have grown up in the amusement arcade/casual culture though. Nee fkn mobile phones, Facebook, email, XBox blah blah then.
    Far too easy for kids to stay indoors and do **** all these days. Nee impetus.

    Thi warld’s ganin mentil Bats, a tell ye. 😯 Breeding a society of antisocial illiterates.

    …anyway, it’s all good 😎

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