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Newcastle clinch Amalfitano deal

May 23, 2012
By ESPN staff

Newcastle United have announced the signing of midfielder Romain Amalfitano from Reims.

Romain Amalfitano Reims
GettyImagesRomain Amalfitano helped Reims to promotion from Ligue 2 during the 2011-12 season

Amalfitano, 22, is to arrive on a free transfer as his contract at French side Reims will expire on June 30.

The creative midfielder started his career at Chateauroux before sealing his first senior contract with Evian. He then joined Reims in 2010, helping the club to promotion to Ligue 1 in the 2011-12 season.

Amalfitano told Newcastle's official website: "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."