Panathinaikos clinch permanent signing of Newcastle midfielder Mehdi Abeid

Mehdi Abeid
Mehdi Abeid

Mehdi Abeid has joined Panathinaikos from Newcastle United on a permanent deal for an “undisclosed fee”.

The 23-year-old midfielder joins the Greek Superleague side after more than four years on Tyneside, during which he made 21 appearances in all competitions.

The Gazette revealed last week that the Greek side were in for the player, and that Newcastle had slapped a fee on his head.

And the deal has now been confirmed.

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.

He has now returned to Panathinaikos where he spent a successful loan spell in 2013/14.

Abeid was told he could find a new club by Newcastle this summer. He will be followed out of the St James’s Park exit door by Haris Vuckic, among others, as United look to get rid of their fringe players.

A club statement read: “Abeid leaves St. James’ Park with the club’s best wishes for his future at Panathinaikos.”

Abeid signed for Newcastle United in May 2011 from Lens and made his debut four months later at Nottingham Forest in the League Cup.

A temporary spell at St. Johnstone was followed by a season-long loan at Panathinaikos during the 2013/14 campaign, and the one-cap Algerian international returned to Newcastle to make his Premier League debut in November 2014.