Good jets in to sign for Newcastle United

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NEWCASTLE United are set to sign defender Curtis Good from Australian side Melbourne Heart.

The teenager was today due on Tyneside to complete a move to the club, his club confirmed yesterday.

Good, a centre-half, had a successful trial at Newcastle late last season.

And United are understood to have agreed an initial fee of £500,000 for the 19-year-old, who made 25 appearances for Melbourne last season.

Heart head coach John Aloisi – who had spells at Portsmouth and Coventry City during his playing career – is confident Good will be a success in England.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for Curtis,” said Aloisi.

“Newcastle United is one of the biggest clubs in the United Kingdom, and we are absolutely delighted he has the opportunity to test his wares on such a stage.

“While Curtis will certainly be missed, his proposed transfer is a great affirmation of our youth policy, and a demonstration of the club’s ability to assist in developing players to such an extent that they’re able to move to one of Europe’s leading competitions.

“We wish Curtis well, and hope he will one day return to don the red and white stripes of our club.”

Good follows Gael Bigirimana and Romain Amalfitano to the club, the pair having joined from Coventry City and Reims respectively.

However, the club is yet to land any of it’s major targets, among them Liverpool striker Andy Carroll.

Pardew believes it’s inevitable Carroll will leave Anfield this summer after Brendan Rodgers’s arrival, despite the former Swansea City manager having described the England international as a “terrific talent”.

“I think it was obvious that as soon as Brendan went into Liverpool that Andy’s time was going to have to be somewhere else,” Pardew said. “I think it’s quite right we’re involved in that. Whether he comes here, is something that I will take or I will leave.”

Hatem Ben Arfa, meanwhile, is unlikely to play in Newcastle United’s games on the Algarve.

The forward is yet to meet up with his team-mates after being given an extended break following his involvement in France’s Euro 2012 campaign.

Ben Arfa will instead link up with his colleagues in Portugal.

Manager Alan Pardew and his players flew to Faro this morning ahead of tomorrow night’s game against Olympiakos at the Algarve Stadium.

Ben Arfa was given permission to fly directly to Portugal, where Newcastle also have a game against Braga on Saturday night.