The young 20 year-old Switzerland international striker Eren Derdiyok has been linked with a number of clubs during the summer.
Eren Derdiyok – only just turned 20
One of them of course has been Newcastle United and we’ve been linked with him ever since he said last April that he would like to join Newcastle United, so he could play alongside the great Michael Owen.
His family is of Turkish origin. and Fenerbahce have always been linked with the player, and there is news today that the Turkish club may have put in a bid for him.
Indeed the Turkish paper Milliyet reports that a transfer fee has in fact been accepted with his Swiss club FC Basel, and now the Luis Aragones managed side are allowed to negotiate personal terms with the player,
Although only 20 years old, Derdiyok has a great record of 14 goals in just 12 games for the Swiss U19 and U21 sides, and he received his first full cap against England at Wembley this February, and scored his first goal for his country in that game.
He alsoÂ become the youngest player at the Euro2008 tournament, and looked more than decent in the 3 games he played.
So he seems to fit the profile of players Newcastle would like to sign this summer, since he’s young and more than promising, and seemingly would be only too pleased to join Newcastle.
At 6ft 3in Derdiyok is a powerful striker, who can also play at center-back if needed. He started his career with the Swiss club BSC Old Boys, at the beginning of the 2005/06 season.
He scored 10 goals in just 18 appearances for BSC Old Boys, and FC Basel snapped him up in 2006 at the young age of 18.
The youngster could be a smart buy for the Tyneside club, and we understand Basel wanted Â£6M for the player some weeks ago, and Newcastle were willing to offer Â£3M.Â However, we think that figure of Â£6M will surely have come down since then.
If we want the lad, we’ll need to put in a bid for him quickly, or else he’ll be gone, but whether or not Kevin really wants the player -we really have no idea.
However, we do think he would be an excellent acquisition for Newcastle, if we can ge him for around Â£3M-Â£4M.