New boy in line for Newcastle United start

Ayoze Perez.

Ayoze Perez.

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NEWCASTLE United new boy Ayoze Perez will make his first appearance for the club at Oldham Athletic tonight.

The striker will make his debut in the club’s first pre-season fixture.

Perez joined the club last month from Spanish second division side Tenerife.

The 20-year-old – who cost a reported £1.6m – had scored 16 goals in 34 league games last season.

Teenage striker Adam Armstrong will also be involved, while Jak Alnwick will be in goal in the absence of Tim Krul and Rob Elliot.

The game could also see midfielder Jack Colback made his first appearance in a Newcastle shirt after his summer move from Sunderland.

Captain Fabricio Coloccini is expected to sit out the game, which is followed by a two-game tour of New Zealand.

“I want to play a few of our younger players,” United manager Alan Pardew said.

“Certainly Arma will feature, as will Perez and Mehdi Abeid.

“I might have a look at them in this game. It’ll be a strong side with some stars.”

Krul, meanwhile, won’t report back until early next month because of his involvement in Holland’s World Cup campaign.

Elliot, involved in the Republic of Ireland’s summer internationals, returned to training this week.

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Remy Cabella, meanwhile, says former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye sold him on a move to St James’s Park.

The attacking midfielder has signed a six-year deal at the club after Newcastle paid Montpellier around £10m.

The 24-year-old - who can play on either flank or up front - was a late call-up to France’s World Cup squad.

Cabella spoke at length with Cabaye - who joined Paris Saint-Germain in January - and his international countrymen Moussa Sissoko and Mathieu Debuchy in Brazil about Newcastle.

Cabella also knows Newcastle’s Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa well, having won the Ligue 1 title with him at Montpellier.

And he says they convinced him that Newcastle was the right club at the right time for him.

“Cabaye and the other guys said I would feel good here,” Cabella said.

“They spoke about the ambiance and the fantastic fans here.

“They said good things and complimented the club. It helped me know where I wanted to put my feet and what direction I wanted to go in.”