Panathinkaikos expect to conclude Mehdi Abeid deal this week

Newcastle United fans won't get the chance to see how much midfielder Mehdi Abeid has improved

Mehdi Abeid in action for Panathinaikos
Mehdi Abeid in action for Panathinaikos

Panathinkaikos have made a bid to make Mehdi Abeid a permanent signing and expect the Newcastle United player to report for training with them tomorrow.

The Journal understands the Greek outfit have put together an offer of around £300,000 for the 21-year-old, who enjoyed a superb season on loan with them.

Alan Pardew hinted last month Abeid could have been the one Newcastle player who had been out on loan to be given another chance to make it at St James’ Park.

However, Panathinkaikos are confident a deal can be pushed through over the next few days.

The Greek Cup winners’ first-team squad have been told to report for fitness tests on Saturday and Abeid has been told to join them.

Newcastle fans have seen next to nothing of the midfielder since he joined in 2010,

He managed only two cup appearances, but many will be disappointed Abeid looks set to be sold.

Domestic football in Greece is going through a rough patch, however, and the French-born Algerian was one of the league’s stars with ten goals from 38 games.

Pardew had wanted Abeid to go to a Championship club, but there were no takers.

This, ironically, proved to be a lucky break for him as he went on to enjoy his best ever season.

The cut and thrust of the Premier League may have just been a bit much for the slightly-built Abeid to handle.

Yet Pardew will come in for criticism from certain quarters for not giving the player a chance after he had such a good time in Greece.

Another fringe player, James Tavernier, is on the verge of securing his move to Wigan Athletic.

Signed as a schoolboy five years ago, he made two league appearances in the Championship season but has spent more of less all his time out on loan since then - making almost 100 first-team appearances in total.

The 22-year-old right-back was at Rotherham United, where he helped them win promotion to the Championship via a play-off.

Tavernier earned a reputation of being something of a free-kick specialist at Rotherham.

Newcastle, meanwhile, could play a role in the Luis Suarez scandal.

The disgraced Liverpool player’s four-month ban from football for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini ends in time for him to face Newcastle at St James’ Park for the Premier League fixture scheduled for November 1.

That is if Suarez is still in English football. Following Fifa’s record ban, it is believed the player will be sold by the Merseyside club, who have run out of patience with their man.

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