Thomas Robert, the son of Newcastle United legend Laurent Robert, has agreed the terms of a free transfer to Airdrieonians, Football Insider can reveal.

The 19-year-old attacker is heading to Scotland after turning down a new three-year deal at French club Montpellier.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that the rising star had accepted Aidrie’s contract offer because his priority is joining a side where he can play first-team football.

This site revealed in May that Newcastle United, Rangers and Celtic were among the clubs keeping tabs on the teenager with a view to signing him on a summer free.

But Scottish League One club Airdrie have won the race for Robert in what is a major coup.

The single-minded youngsters had offers on the table from Nice and Rennes in his homeland but has snubbed them for senior football.

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As his agent Mark McKay revealed last month to Football Insider, guaranteed first-team football would be key to Robert’s decision where to continue his career.

Similar to his famous footballing father, Robert is an attacking player and is a versatile forward who can play down both flanks as well as behind the main centre-forward.

Significantly, he speaks perfect English after growing up in England and is open to progress his career by returning to the land where his father played some of his best football.

Robert senior played 181 matches for Newcastle after signing in 2001 from Paris-Saint Germain and is fondly remembered by the club’s fans for his 32 goals, many of which were memorable ones.

In other Newcastle United news, it can be REVEALED that the would-be owners are planning blockbuster £30million-a-year off-pitch deal.

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