There doesn’t seem to be too much good news over the last day or two on Newcastle’s transfer activity.
Mevlut Erdinc – a deal close with PSG?
We assume Newcastle are trying to wrap up a deal for PSG striker Mevlut Erdinc, and the fee for the Turkish striker is supposed to be around £6.5M, but whether PSG will accept that figure is still unknown.
If Newcastle can get Erdinc through the door, we still have a feeling they will go after yet another striker, and news today that Sunderland are starting to move in for Reading’s Irish International Shane Long.
If the news is true, Sunderland are believed to be willing to pay £7M for Long, as our local rivals seem to be gaining some momentum in the transfer market, which is not good.
So if Newcastle are indeed after Erdinc, the third striker may not be Shane Long, and it could be Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge, who to us looks like the best bet, but Newcastle may have to pay up to £10M for the Birmingham-born striker.
Sunderland have reportedly had a £13M bid for Ipswich Town youngster Connor Wickham accepted, and the news is they are also close to bringing in central midfielder Craig Gardner from Birmingham City for £5M, a player we think could do a job at Newcastle.
Newcastle have so far failed to bring in Swansea full back Neil Taylor, and reports in the Daily Mail today suggest Newcastle will increase their bid, but we doubt that’s true.
It seems to us to be a pure legal issue with the lad’s contract and the release clause in particular, and we assume Newcastle will go through legal channels to force the deal though at £1M.
And disappointing news yesterday that Newcastle have been put off by the fee of £13M being requested for Toulouse’ 21 year-old French International midfielder Moussa Sissoko, who the Tyneside club have been tracking for three years, and is an exciting young player.
That’s disappointing because you would think we had no money to spend, but Newcastle have brought in nearly £40M with the sale of Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan, this year alone.
With pre-season training starting next Monday, we would hope Newcastle can bring in at least a couple of players before then – to keep the good momentum going in this transfer window, which still looks to be the most exciting for many a summer.
What do you think about all of this?