Newcastle United have announced the signing of midfielder Romain Amalfitano from Reims.
Amalfitano, 22, is to arrive on a free transfer as his contract at French side Reims will expire on June 30.
The creative midfielder started his career at Chateauroux before sealing his first senior contract with Evian. He then joined Reims in 2010, helping the club to promotion to Ligue 1 in the 2011-12 season.
Amalfitano told Newcastle's official website: "I am very happy to be a Newcastle player. I have seen a bit of the city already and it is a change from France but one I am really looking forward to.
"When a club like Newcastle wants you to play for them it can only be a good thing. I have taken the opportunity to play in the Premier League and cannot wait to get going."