Newcastle Reported Closer To Derdiyok Deal


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.

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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 young  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 £3M, but FC Basel wanted £6M, so surely we can reach something in between. Let’s cut the difference and make it £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.

Comments welcome.



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146 comments so far

  • sweendog

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Very good buy .. I’ve a feeling this is in the bag .. we still need to get rid of Smith and get another striker as well .. with more experience..

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  • JonGoodwyn

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #2

    Didn’t he say this in an interview word for word a good 2 weeks ago?

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  • Tom

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #3

    I hope that this one is true, I’d really really like to see this guy in the stripes!!

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  • toonfanjonny

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #4

    at valencia game present coloccini and derdiyok??????? wait and see

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  • NANDO

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #5
  • si942

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #6

    hope we get Eren great replacement for Smith now all we need is Shola can’t score a goal Ameobi to leave

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  • AdamCF

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #7

    If they stopped paying Shola, would he leave?

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  • Micky Toon

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Can anyone tell me who this llunga guy who we are linked with is? All I know is that he’s an African defender from Toulouse.

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  • si942

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #9

    hope we get Eren great replacement for Smith now all we need is Shola can’t score a goal Ameobi to leave!!!

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  • Colo's Curly Locks

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #10

    think he must be close to signing if were willing to let smith go, since were already so short on numbers

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  • kajman

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #11

    lets get coloccini in first then ..i’ll buy bigwilly a big drink..

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  • Davies

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #12

    I won’t get my hopes up, but I have to admit, he’d be a very good buy.

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  • Michael

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Thats an interview from 2 weeks ago!!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #14

    I take this with a pinch of salt..still waiting for the “24 hour transfer”Keegan was on about last thursday..loop loop loop loop.

    Anyone got this lads stats?

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  • benji1892

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #15

    He would be a great signing indeed.
    I watched him play in FC Basels Champions League Qualifier against IFK Göteborg on Wednesday (whilst watching NUFC take on PSV as well of course) and he played very well indeed. He had a couple of decent shots on goal and made an assist.
    Let’s get him signed up quickly though, meaning before Basel have qualified for the Champions League …

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  • Spyro

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #17

    harrier i have noticed that you LIVE on newsnow. Every time an article comes out you paste it up within seconds lol

    Anyway, those stats are encouraging

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  • toonfan1

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #18

    habib beye has fantastic stats compared to faye taylor and the crapaca

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  • kajman

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #19

    ssn..saying we have signed a 17 yr old

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  • domtoon

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #20

    If we sign him next, how much will things have turned around?

    I’m hoping, HOPING MA and KK are laughing off the typical Geordie pessimism (and let’s face it, who can blame us since the sacking of SBR??!) and actually have some gems in store for us.

    This player, please maybe another 2, and I will be confident of a mid-table end of result. Hell, we may even hit the 9th position or better…

    TOOOOOON!!!!!

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  • harrier

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #21

    haha yeah – i don’t paste everything, just stuff i find interesting that other might not be aware of – and mostly to start discussion on said articles – in this case, he seems very attacking for a center back, which is good, and his numbers are quite comparable to beye’s as far as tackling goes. hopefully we won’t leave him too exposed, and be able to keep the ball in our posession

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  • Karl - Fenham Hustler

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #22

    harrier – i think that shows how class beye is and how good taylor could be, once teamed up with coloccini

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  • kajman

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #23

    from southhampton…after he was released

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  • magsie

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #24

    Since we seem to be pairing up nationalities at the minute, if this ones true then i would like to get that other swiss lad “skelberg? summick like that” as he has had good reports in the press plus he actualy supports the toon! which in my opinion is a factor we`ve been missing for years, not just coming for the xtra cash but because you want to play for the club!

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  • ELFER

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #25

    Hope KK can insert some confidence in derdiyok, becouse at the moment (first 5 games in switzerland) he didn’t impress me that much…

    But I’m a fan of him and I think he will be a class striker if he takes one step further and train hard! KK can form this talent, for sure!

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  • harrier

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #26

    coloccini almost made more tackles than faye and taylor combined 😮

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  • kajman

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #27

    harrier still not signed yet ..though..looking good for today if all whats been reported ..hee’s hoping

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  • Tom

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #28

    With Coloccini, Derdiyok and a creative mid, I think the squad might have the ability to push for the lower European places.

    The stats they used in that survey must have been painstakingly recorded!!

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  • harrier

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #29

    magsie – if this were true we would go after inler who is swiss.

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  • Marty

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #30

    This guy looked the part in the euros,get him signed up at once.
    Young strong n very quick,just what we need to excite the fans.
    Oba n Eren would have defences shittin themselves.

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  • harrier

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #31

    yes tom – it means someone had to watch all of our games with big sam at the helm :X

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  • Colo's Curly Locks

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #32

    the 17 year old southampton player was at the psv match

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  • michael

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #33

    What a buy he would be i liked in him in the euro’s , Derdiyok martins and owen theres are strikers sorted. DITCH! the likes of Smith Ameobi and viduka ,give Carroll his chance he is miles better than ameobi and smith put together.

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  • mushy

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #34

    @kajman

    Were there any other clues from SSN re the 17 year old?

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  • Skunkie Skunker

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #35

    This is rubbish about Derdiyok because we are signing Jose Moutinho. He is at the Jesmond Dene hotel as we speak with Fabricio Coloccini.

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  • Spyro

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #36

    i dont see taylors stats as particularly encouraging myself.

    He has played the most minutes and has only made 42 tackles. Out of those 42 he has won just over half. Faye has played around 16 hours less, yet he has made more tackles and won a higher percentage of them.

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  • GoesseN

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #37

    yeh mate this article is just another repeat, those things he supposedly said “today” have been repeated word for word in different magazines and newspapers and websites for weeks. nothing new, try looking on the Official Website Yourself… they actually tell you who all the papers are linking us to.

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  • harrier

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #38

    colo’s curly locks – who was at psv – derdiyok? or coloccini?

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  • Stardust

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #39

    Nice link Harrier- as suspected Taylors stats are the worst when you look pro rata at minutes on the pitch – cant really compare Coloccinis as he was in a diff league

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  • scott9

    Aug 8, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #40

    i dont no if i can see this been true but u never no anyway we need to get rid of smith and ameobi well we mayaswell just get rid of him he a waste of space derdyok wud be great back up for viduka if we got him we then just need a left back and a midfielder.

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