Newcastle move would be ‘dream come true’ for French star

OUT OF CONTRACT ... Romain Amalfitano.
OUT OF CONTRACT ... Romain Amalfitano.

FRENCH midfielder Romain Amalfitano has played down reports that he has already agreed a move to Newcastle United.

But the Reims ace admits the the Magpies are a ‘fantastic club’ as he ponders a summer switch to England, and that moving to Tyneside would be a ‘dream come true’.

United have been strongly linked with a move for the highly-rated 22-year-old, but are not the only club to have expressed an interest, and the battle to secure his signature is expected to intensify as the transfer window draws ever closer.

Amalfitano will drop into the free agent pool at the end of the season, making him even more of an attractive proposition to interested parties.

He admits he would welcome the opportunity to try his luck in England, but has made it clear that no deal to take him to St James’s Park has been put in place.

“I am a Reims player and I will be out of contract at the end of the season,” said Amalfitano.

“I want to finish this season strongly.

“Newcastle are a fantastic club and to play for them would be a dream come true, but nothing is done as yet. Let’s wait and see what happens.”

Amalfitano has played almost 50 games for Ligue 2 Reims after joining them from Evian.

His older brother, Morgan, is also a midfielder, and plays for French giants Marseille.

He was available on a free transfer last summer after leaving Lorient, and former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce tried to bring him to Wearside, only to miss out on the schemer.