Report: Newcastle plotting shock move to re-sign Mehdi Abeid, two years after selling him

Mehdi Abeid of Newcastle United has a shot on goal

Newcastle United have been linked with a move to bring Mehdi Abeid back to the club.

Mehdi Abeid of Newcastle United has a shot on goalMehdi Abeid in action for Newcastle United

According to French newspaper L'Equipe, Newcastle United are interested in bringing Dijon midfielder Mehdi Abeid back to the club this summer.

Abeid, 24, joined Newcastle from Lens in 2011, and was touted for a bright future at St. James' Park before making just 21 first-team appearances for the Magpies.

Having been farmed out on loan to St Johnstone and Panathinaikos, Abeid joined the latter permanently in 2015, and moved back to France last summer by joining Dijon.

The Algerian notched three goals and two assists for Dijon as they avoided relegation to Ligue 2, but Abeid could now be on the move again this summer, with some surprise reports hinting at a return to Newcastle.

Manchester United's Chris Smalling in action with Newcastle's Mehdi AbeidManchester United's Chris Smalling in action with Mehdi Abeid

French newspaper L'Equipe report that Newcastle are in fact keen on re-signing Abeid following their promotion to the Premier League, in what would be a shock move.

The Magpies do have midfielders such as Jonjo Shelvey, Jack Colback, Isaac Hayden and Mohamed Diame, but manager Rafael Benitez is expected to hit the transfer market this summer in search of another midfielder.

Mehdi Abeid of Newcastle United reacts to a missed chance to scoreMehdi Abeid in action for Newcastle United

Abeid is certainly familiar with Newcastle, both as a club and as a city, but having let him leave the club just two years ago, it would be a major surprise to see the Magpies bring Abeid back to Tyneside.

His displays in France may suggest that he deserved more of a chance in his first spell with the club, but going out their way to bring Abeid back to St. James' Park seems foolish from Newcastle's perspective, with fans possibly hoping for a bigger-name addition in midfield.

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