Kevin Keegan has said he is fairly confident of announcing a couple of new arrivals before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
Eren Derdiyok – could be great signing for Newcastle
One of them is obviously Deportivo’s Fabricio Coloccini, who is reported to be on Tyneside today, and we hope he’s undergoing a medical at the club.
However, there are now renewed reports that the other player could be 20 year-old Swiss Striker Eren Derdiyok, who seems to have been a bit of a favorite with readers on our site.
He certainly looked the part in Euro08, for somebody who has only just turned 20 years old.
That’s the age James Milner and Steven Taylor were 30 months ago, just so you have an idea of just how young the boy is.
The youngÂ striker has reportedly been at the top of Keegan’s list all summer, but it’s difficult to know exactly who is on that list, although we think Eren would be a tremendous buy for the club.
Reports suggest that Newcastle have kept in constant touch with Derdiyok’s agent, trying to ascertain the minimum price Basel would accept for the player, and they will soon be putting in their final bid.
But a few weeks ago it looked like he may have been going to Fenerbahce, so we’re not sure how true that really is.
The earlier news was that we were willing to offer Â£3M, but FC Basel wanted Â£6M, so surely we can reach something in between. Let’s cut the difference and make it Â£4.5M – and its’ a deal!
Keegan told reporters today:
“You don’t get all the players you want, and that includes the very top sides. It’s the same for everybody.”
“But I’m sure in the next two weeks we will see at least two signings coming in – that’s my feeling.”
“Nothing’s 100 per cent, however, and we’re all looking at the same players. They are all good players, and because of that a lot of clubs want them.”
It appears that Keegan wants Derdiyok at Newcastle, and with Fenerbehce now out of the running, the way seems clear for Newcastle to increase their bid and reach an agreement with FC Basel.
The terms Newcastle will offer the youngster will be no problem, and so it could well be that Newcastle will eventually get Eren at the club.
We certainly hope so.