Newcastle United are lining up a move to re-sign former midfielder Mehdi Abeid, according to the French newspaper L’Equipe.

The 24-year-old was signed from boyhood club Lens back in 2011 by Alan Pardew and spent four years with the Magpies, before leaving in 2015 having failed to hold down a regular place in starting XI.

After 21 appearances and two loan spells, with St Johnstone and Panathinaikos, the Algeria international joined the Greek outfit on a permanent basis, but only lasted a year there, before moving to Dijon last August.

He played a key role in helping the French side remain in Ligue 1, scoring three goals in 28 appearances as they finished the campaign one point ahead of the relegation zone.

His impressive displays are thought to have interested a host of clubs and Abeid has not ruled out leaving Dijon this summer.

“I am very attached to the DFCO and therefore to the Dijon project, but I do not close any doors,” the Algerian said this week.

Despite securing the Championship title on the last day of the season, manager Rafael Benitez is adamant that heavy investment is needed in order to give his side the best possible chance of survival in the Premier League next season.

The former Liverpool boss held talks with controversial owner Mike Ashley earlier this month over how the club plans to move forward, with the Spaniard promised a significant transfer budget to strengthen the squad as he sees fit.

Whilst Benitez is widely expected to strengthen his midfield, a move for Abeid is unlikely to set pulses racing among the Geordie faithful.


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