Newcastle have completed the signing of RC Lens midfielder Mehdi Abeid after he admitted he is signing for them after a successful trial.
The 18-year-old said: “I have had contact dating back some time and I visited the facilities there last week.
“I even trained with the reserve team.
“The leaders of the club told me about their plans and that they will rely on me for next season.
“For my part, I intend to give everything to develop in the Premier League.
“I already discussed things with Hatem Ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote and they encouraged me and welcomed my signature.”
Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila is one of the most sought after players this summer with the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool all chasing the young Frenchman.
Despite all this interest, he has decided to sign a contract extension that runs until 2015. Rennes have had an impressive season and will not want to lose their prize assets this summer, the contract extension on M’Vila will help them to price some clubs out of the market.
M’Vila originally had a deal at Rennes until 2014 but has decided to add another year to his contract in a move that has allowed the club to protect his market value for when they eventually cash in on him.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is hoping to raid Lorient for a defender again this summer.
The Mirror believes Arsenal have scouted Lorient defender Bruno Ecuele Manga, 22.
Manga replaced Laurent Koscielny in the Lorient line-up when he signed for Arsenal last summer.
Wenger is eager to add a new centre-half to his squad this summer after a string of dissappoint defensive displays this season.