The Swiss International Eren Derdiyok has been linked with Newcastle United since he said in late April, that he would just love to join Newcastle United so he could play alongside Newcastle captain Michael Owen.
Derdiyok – let’s hope we can this player
The player, who is of Turkish origin but born in Basel, Switzerland, and only recently turned 20, was linked with Turkish side Fenerbehce just over a week ago.
We understand that a transfer fee had been accepted by his Swiss club FC Basel, and that Fenerbahce were allowed to negotiate personal terms with the player.
However, we’ve heard nothing since and that deal is reported to have fallen through, and there’s no mention of the player at all on the official Fenerbehce site.
His continued availability is probably why Newcastle are again interested.
It may also be because of the appalling form of strikers Smith and Ameobi in pre-season games, that is forcing Keegan to bring in another striker.
Keegan and Newcastle were initially put off by the Â£6M fee, and were willing to offer Â£3M, but it would be interesting to understand what fee Basel accepted from Fenerbehce.
It looks like Keegan is considering moving back in with reports of a Â£5M offer in the offing, in an attempt to get this impressive young striker on Tyneside.
Although just 20 years old, Derdiyok has an excellent record of 14 goals in just 12 games for the Swiss U19 and U21 sides and received his first full cap against England at Wembley this February – and scored a goal.
He has played 44 times for his home town club Basel, with 11 goals and stands an impressive 6’3″ tall.
As we have reported a number of times he went on to become the youngest player at the Euro2008 tournament this summer, and looked a very good youngster in the 3 games he appeared in.
We think this boy would be a great signing for us, and it seems he would be only too willing to come, which is also a good sign.
What’s another Â£1M or Â£2M to get a player in like this?
Of course once we got him, we could also sell Alan Smith at the best price we could get for him, and maybe even get Eren’s transfer fee back in the deal.
Good deal – if we can do it.