Newcastle United have today confirmed on their web site that Fenerbahce and Newcastle have agreed a deal for their Turkish International Emre.
Emre – now discussing terms with Fenerbahce
The statement on the Newcastle web site is as follows:
Newcastle United can confirm that they have agreed terms with Fenerbahce for the transfer of midfielder Emre.
The Magpies have also given Fenerbahce permission to talk to the player to discuss personal terms.
We broke the story last night when we were alerted by our readers that Turkish newspapers were saying there was a deal between the 2 clubs and today Fenerbahce announced the deal on their web site.
But note the deal is not complete and Fenerbahce have still to agree terms with the player, and we believe Emre was getting a good wage package at Newcastle United.
But this action by the club does show that Newcastle seem to be willing to let some of their fringe players, and we think it’s almost certain that Damien Duff will also be allowed to leave.
Fenerbahce had previously announced the deal was in place, and now Newcastle have confirmed, as we expected, that the move is close to completion if the Turkish club can agree terms with Emre.
We don’t know if this move was sanctioned by Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan who is looking to build his small squad over the summer, but we have to believe he was OK with the deal.
The 27-year-old Turkish International joined Newcastle from Inter Milan three years ago, when Graeme Souness was then Newcastle manager, but he has struggled, mainly through injury, for consistency while on Tyneside.
But the player has always been well liked by the Newcastle fans, because of his enormous skills.
By our reckoning he made 80 appearances for Newcastle with 63 starts and scored 9 goals.Â But last season he started only 8 games, mainly because of several injuries he had during the last campaign.
Emre is currently with the Turkish squad ahead of Euro 2008, but we’ll have to wait and see if signs a three-year contract with Fenerbahce, which is what the Turkish club are offering.
Emre played for Turkish rivals Galatasaray from 1996 to 2001, and appeared 102 times scoring 14 goals before he moved to Inter Milan for a 4 season stay. He signed for Newcastle in July, 2005.
Our information is the fee is around Â£5.5M, which is almost Â£2M more than the club paid Inter Milan for the Turkish star. However BBC Sports is reporting the fee as high as Â£8M, which would be a great deal for Newcastle United.
So far this summer, Newcastle have allowed Ramage, Diatta, Carr and Troisi to leave the club and it is also expected that Rozehnal and Ameobi will also be on their way, in addition to Emre, if the Fenerbahce deal goes through as is expected.
But Newcastle have yet to announce any new arrivals at the club.
However, these moves certainly lighten the wage bill at the club. The total wage costs were over Â£70M last season, and too high as far as owner Mike Ashley is concerned.
We think the Newcastle squad will still be small for next season, but we fully expect some top quality signings before August 31st rolls around again.