Newcastle Renew Interest in 20 Year Old Swiss Striker


Good news today in the Daily Mirror, if it’s true, that Newcastle United will go after 20 year old Swiss striker Eren Derdiyok.

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Eren Derdiyok – just turned 20 this month – would be excellent buy

Eren is the player who scored a great goal against England earlier this year for Switzerland, and looked a solid prospect during Euro 2008, where he looked like a top striker in the making.

Eren also said he wanted to join Newcastle so he could play alongside Michael Owen, so we may well be able to entice the player to Tyneside.

Newcastle had been watching Eren before the Euro 2008 tournament, and he looked a good player for one so young, and at 6’3″ he is a good physical player, big and strong, who can hold the ball up well, just what we need.

The 20-year-old was also said to be watched by Arsenal during the Euro 2008 tournament, but if Newcastle want him and move quickly, we should be able to get the deal done.

Eren was quoted in late April as saying:

“My dream is to play with Michael Owen at Newcastle.”

So hopefully he still thinks that way.   😀

The Basle striker is rated around £6M by his club, which seems a bit high to us, but the player is very eager to move to the Premier League.

Eren’s played for Basle 39 times since 2006, and has scored 8 goals for his home town club.

If we really want this player, the club hopefully will move aggressively to capture him – this week.

Comments welcome.



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170 comments so far

  • Leo

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #1

    yes too rights Ed we need to be more agressive in the transfer market,

    i remember a poll a while back RE: whether we are a pushover in the transfer market like we used to be, i dont think we are but i think we have gone to the other extreme at being too ruthless when negotiating believing that we will pull them in on the cheap…

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  • HeronMag

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2

    I like Derdiyok. He impressed me in Euro 2008. However we need more talent in the midfield, or we’re going to have noone to supply all of our strikers!

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  • Ericles

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #3

    A good acquisition but caution. This is an item from Mirror, Mirror on the shite house wall. Hope it is true though. We still need midfielders, defenders and wingers.

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  • ELFER

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    As you already know I’m swiss and I also rate him high, surely, but if he should already go away from basel I don’t know…but his heart is black n white and that will help him to settle in!

    He’s not just a prospecting signing, he has a geordie dream and I hope he can fullfill his and our dreams! Good luck young lad!

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  • Gunnar / Iceland

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #5

    I would like it alot if we could sign this player. Still only 20 years old and has bags of talent. Could become a top quality striker in the future. But regarding the midfield, I honestly think we have lost out in the race to sign Arshavin and Turan so we might need to look elsewhere for midfield talent. I hope we’ll go for McGeady.

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  • broon ale

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #6

    really poor strike rate in a very poor league

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  • ELFER

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Switzerland is a small country and we know that we are only an “education” country for young talents! Just look how 19 year old GELSON FERNANDES has turned out at man city after his transfer from Sion, Switzerland!

    I think switzerland does his job good and brings out some talents every year.

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  • Nev

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #8

    id have him … reminds me of carew at AV abit

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  • ELFER

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #9

    27 games last year in swiss leage (13 times he came in from the bench) with 12 scorer points (7 goals and 5 passes) isn’t that bad for a 19 year old!

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  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #10

    We are taking forever to sign anybody it´s all fu··ing annoying!! This guy also has a poor strike rate for his club and country.

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  • broon ale

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #11

    elfer, ok, that is not bad. as you say

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  • James

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #12

    According to the media we bid £6 million for him yesterday. Seems awfully high for someone with a bad scoring record (aka Smith)

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  • ELFER

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #13

    + 2 cup games 3 goals
    + played 4 times for the national team and scored once

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  • NUFCAl

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #14

    broon ale – he’s just a kid, he’s still learning his trade.

    This kid has got some talent, 6’3″, committed, physical and pretty skilful. If he wants to come, bloody hell go after him and sign him up!

    But Ed as you say that would require Newcastle acting quickly – could be a long shot.

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  • ELFER

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #15

    But you all are right yes, it is a rather high fee for a surely promising youngster, but we do not know how he will proceed…still young and has to learn a lot!

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  • ELFER

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #16

    What make’s me wonder is that there are no reports about our outstanding midfielder INLER…he could be a fantastic buy I think.

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  • darren grech MALTA

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #17

    as you know i’m from malta and realy like this site.keep up the good work cos you are realy after all our possibilities signings.

    something about newcastle utd.in my opinion our midfield needs 3 new players.we need playmakers adn left wing.we need a striker and 2 backup defenders.

    6 new signings will be great for us if they will be potential players.hope that my opinion will come true

    darren from malta with a gordie blood

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  • broon ale

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #18

    maybe its a gamble worth proceeding with. it would be typical if we were to be tentative and allow arsenal to sign him and then we have to live with the “if only” scenario

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  • ELFER

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #19

    cool stuff and you’re completely right with your opinions, darren 😉

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  • broon ale

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #20

    you mean geordie blood darren!

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  • kash2

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #21

    He’s got a very good eye for goal. I like him, especially as he’s always has his sights on goal before anything else. Just like Shearer used to!

    Greedy, Ruthless and Relentless. Just what we need up top at Newcastle!

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  • brownrob

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #22

    Remind me how much we paid for Jose Enrique Eglesias again? 😉

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  • Col

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #23

    Scoring record tells you so much. But, if Kev likes him, that’s good enough for me. I’ll believe it when I hear him say it though.

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  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #24

    ppl are complaing about his goal ratio, he was a 19yr old last season, 7 goals in 27 aint tht bad especially considering half of his apps were sub, mark viduka only got 7 goals in 26 apps last season so his record no worse than his and derdiyoks only gonna get better

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  • James

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #25

    @brownrob = Enrique was a different case, he was an outstanding left back for Villereal and was constantly being linked with Barc and Real.

    A lot of the Spanish media (like myself) were shocked when we signed him.

    I love Beye like everyone else, but Enrique was our best signing by miles because he can be at the club for ten years.

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  • kash2

    Jun 25, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #26

    £7m

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  • tapir

    Jun 25, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #27

    6M

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  • 51times

    Jun 25, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #28

    Enrique doesn’t get the praise he deserves from some supporters in my opinion, he had a very good season considering it was his first in england, he doesn’t speak much English, we played a winger at left-back instead of him most of the time and the club was once again in crisis. Some people need to give him a break.

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  • Paul

    Jun 25, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #29

    Still think CB is the main area to buy, anybody heard any rumours for a CB ?

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  • Spyro

    Jun 25, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #30

    scoring ratio dont mean shit, different league, different style of play, different manager, different coaches, different stadium, different training facilities, and different team mates will bring out a different performance.

    whether it is better or worse you will never know until they actually come

    the best way to get an early indicator of how good a player will be in this league is to simply watch HOW he plays, not just base it on goals. e.g. kezman and kuyt = poor buys based on score ratio

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 25, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #31

    Looked really good in the Euros. We need a young big striker this summer. Carroll isnt going to make the grade.

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  • Spyro

    Jun 25, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #32

    i agree tom toon, this guy looked good for switzerland, just needs to brush up on a few things.

    However, i personally feel Carroll could turn out to be a good striker. Derdiyok is much better though

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  • Seymour Butts

    Jun 25, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #33

    i think enrique was more expensive than evra (5.5m) and clichy (250k) put together so lets hope he proves value for money in the future.

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  • Spyro

    Jun 25, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #34

    clichy was one hell of a buy seymour, one of arsenes finest

    i personally would be ecstatic if enrique turned out as good as either as both are fantastic full backs.

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  • broon ale

    Jun 25, 2008 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #35

    spro, i cant see andy carrol doing anything.

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  • Spyro

    Jun 25, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #36

    why is that broon? what do you think he lacks?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 25, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #37

    effort for one.

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  • broon ale

    Jun 25, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #38

    Dont know spyro, I cant put my finger on it.

    I played against him last season when North shields played the reserves in the senior bowl and i wasn’t impressed.

    I know everyone has an iffy permormance from time to time but there is something missing there.

    possiby a bit of an attitude on him too.

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  • Spyro

    Jun 25, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #39

    i just think we need a decent coach for our young strikers. Ameobi showed potential and could have been much better than he turned out to be in the end, there must be something wrong with the coaching of our strikers

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  • broon ale

    Jun 25, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #40

    there was very few better strikers than kevin keegan spryro

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