Mehdi Abeid admits coming close to signing for Everton

Mehdi Abeid of Newcastle United reacts to a missed chance to score

Mehdi Abeid was close to moving to Everton but chose to move to Newcastle United instead.

Mehdi Abeid of Newcastle United has a shot on goal

Mehdi Abeid has admitted to France Football magazine that he nearly signed for Everton, before moving to Newcastle United - as translated by the Chronicle.

Abeid moved to Newcastle back in 2011, after his talent had been spotted at Lens.

The midfielder had impressed for the Ligue 1 side’s youth-team, and both Chelsea and Everton made contract with him before he switched to St. James’ Park.

Mehdi Abeid of Newcastle United reacts to a missed chance to score

“I had spent a week in Chelsea; I was also in contact with Everton,” Abeid said. “But in the end, I arrived in Newcastle, and they did everything I could to stay. It was a different dimension.

“The Premier League, England, made me dream. A bit like a kid in full dreams that arrives in a big stable to reach the very high level.”

Abeid’s time at Newcastle was not the most productive, as he failed to ever really make the grade.

Mehdi Abeid of Newcastle United (L) in action with Glenn Loovens of Sheffield Wednesday

Abeid made 21 appearances for Newcastle across a four year stay, before being moved on.

Since leaving Tyneside, Abeid has shown signs of quality with both Panathinaikos and, most recently, Dijon.

Abeid has scored three goals in 20 appearances for Dijon this term, and become renowned as a solid Ligue 1 player. 

The central midfielder’s showings have earned him three international caps for Algeria, with his profile increasing considerably.

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