Newcastle slap £2m price tag on Mehdi Abeid as Panathinaikos weigh up a move

Mehdi Abeid in action against Portland Timbers
Mehdi Abeid in action against Portland Timbers

Newcastle United have slapped a £2million price tag on Panathinaikos target Mehdi Abeid.

Abeid’s future lies away from St James’s Park, with the midfielder having been made available for transfer.

He spent the 203-14 campaign on loan at Panathinaikos.

And the Greek club is keen to sign Abeid on a permanent basis in this summer’s transfer window.

The Algeria international, keen to reinvigorate his career after a year on the fringes at United, is also wanted to Fortuna Dusseldorf.

The 23-year-old travelled to Germany for talks with Fortuna earlier this month, but the second division club did not reach an agreement with Newcastle and Abeid returned to Tyneside.

Abeid, however, was not involved in United’s Premier League season-opener against Southampton.

Head coach McClaren said last month he would choose a squad of up to 20 senior players after assessing pre-season performances.

“We’ll sit down and assess the squad and try and think about 18 or 20 players,” he said.

“That’s who’ll we’ll pick from, and we’ll decide on where the others go. Some will go out on loan, some we’ll try to sell.”

Reports in Greece have claimed that Newcastle want £2million for Abeid, signed from Lens four years ago.

That fee could price out Panathinaikos, who won the Greek Cup and qualified for the Champions League during Abeid’s season in Athens.

Speaking about his loan spell, Abeid said: “I grew up as a player and as a man. I learnt a lot there.”