Ligue 1 - Amalfitano leaves Reims for Newcastle

Wed, 23 May 18:05:00 2012

Newcastle United have signed Reims midfielder Romain Amalfitano after his contract expired with the promoted Ligue 2 club.

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The 22-year-old will officially become a Magpies player on July 1.

His arrival was confirmed by the Magpies on Wednesday afternoon, although no details of the length of his contract have been released.

Amalfitano, whose older brother Morgan plays for Marseille and France, said: "I am very happy to be a Newcastle player. 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."

An attacking midfielder, Amalfitano previously played for Evian in the second division.

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