There are reports surfacing again that Kevin Keegan is reportedly still leading the race for the signature of exciting young Turkish winger Arda Turan. Let’s say right now that we don’t know if these reports are true, only that they are starting up again and Arda is still at Galatasaray.
Arda Turan – are Newcastle still hoping to sign player?
The 21-year-old Galatasaray midfielder, who can play on either wing, and looked great in Euro 2008, was a strong target for Newcastle before those championships began.
Unfortunately for Newcastle his form in June attracted other bigger clubs, including AC Milan and Juventus, but so far niether has made a strong move for the player, with the hype of Euro 2008, now died down somewhat.
One of our readers sent a note yesterday saying that maybe Newcastle are still in with a chance, since AC Milan seemed to have closed shop for
the rest of the transfer season (allegedly), and Juventus haven’t signed him either.
If Newcastle seriously still want to sign the player, we may well have to pay up to Â£13M for him, but earlier reports this summer suggest we were unwilling to pay more than around Â£8.5M, which were reportedly not well received by the Galatasaray President Adnan Polat.
Arda has won 22 caps for his country already (with 3 goals), and looks a potentially great player in the making, and we’d hope his Turkey team-mate Emre, would speak well of the Tyneside club.
We’d love to know what the real situation is right now with Arda, and of course we don’t – but the longer the youngster goes without signing for a bigger club, the better chance it would seem Newcastle have.
Hope so anyway.