Report: Mehdi Abeid in Germany for talks with Fortuna Dusseldorf

The Newcastle midfielder is close to leaving St James’ Park.

Abeid looks set to leave Newcastle this summer, with a report in the Shields Gazette claiming that he has been in Germany to hold advanced talks with Fortuna Dusseldorf.

The 22-year-old is ‘understood to be close to agreeing a move to the Esprit Arena’, according to the report.

With just one year remaining on his contract at St James’ Park, the knowledge that Abeid is close to agreeing an exit does not come as much of a surprise, especially considering he has struggled to make an impact in his four years at the club.

The Algerian international - who won his first cap in June 2015 - managed just 21 appearances for the Magpies since his arrival from Lens in France.

He spent the 2013/14 season on loan with Greek side Panathinaikos, impressing enough to earn an increased role in Alan Pardew’s plans for the Magpies - a role he continued under interim boss John Carver.

However, Steve McClaren has strengthened the midfield zone, bringing in Georginio Wijnaldum, and it does not appear as if Abeid would be gifted more chances to impress under the former Derby boss.

This means he has been looking for an exit, and the report states that he has been in Germany to hold talks with the 2. Bundesliga side.

Dropping down to the German second tier would be a big departure from the Premier League, but Abeid will be making a wise move to leave Newcastle if he can guaranteed first-team football at this important stage of his career.

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