I’m off to Newcastle! Reading’s Jimmy Kebe plays Twitter prank

Reading striker Jimmy Kebe pokes fun at Newcastle United's recent trend of signing predominantly French players

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Alan Pardew has signed three players from France in January Photo: Back Page Images

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Jimmy Kebe has poked fun at Newcastle United’s transfer trend of snapping up French players on his Twitter page.

The 29-year-old posted on his account that he had completed a move to the Magpies, claiming to have signed a four-year deal.

He wrote: “On my way to Newcastle, having medical then sign a 4 years contract.Thank you all for your support you’ve been outstanding !!!!”

However, Kebe, who joined the Royals in 2008, clarified in a later tweet that it was a joke at Newcastle’s expense intended to mock the recent flurry of activity at St James’ Park.

“Oups i thought if you’re french and play football u just pop in to Newcastle and sign a contract – Not a chance of leaving #LoveReadingFc”

Alan Pardew has signed Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Yoan Gouffran in January, with Massadio Haidara joining on Thursday to add to the five French players already at the club.

Kebe has scored 29 goals in 184 appearances for Reading after joining the club from Lens in 2008.

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