The latest news on the rather long running saga with Mevlut Erdinc is that Newcastle have been given one week to sign the Turkish striker.
Mevlut Erdinc – personal terms the stumbling block
That’s what the French press were reporting and the the news a week or so ago that Newcastle had agreed a fee with his club PSG is that Newcastle cannot agree personal terms with the player.
Why is it taking this long to wrap up this deal?
Newcastle’s £6.57M (€7.5M) offer for the player was accepted about a week ago, but Newcastle have now been given just one week to seal the deal by the Paris club, otherwise PSG will allow other clubs to come in.
At least a couple of French teams are interested in the player, Lille and Rennes, but you would think Newcastle would be able to offer Erdinc a better deal than those two clubs.
PSG were bought by a Qatari investment group at the end of May, and they are pumping big money into the club.
And it may be that Mevlut wants to take his chance and stay at the Paris club, but he will find it hard to get a first team place with former Newcastle target Kevin Gameiro now at the club, and other players expected to join before the end of August.
New PSG coach Antoine Kombouare appears to want the player to stay, as he said yesterday:
“For me, Erding is at PSG. I count on him.”
But the pursuit of Erdinc is taking far too long, and Newcastle will have to realize that in some cases, to get a decent player in, you have to pay the going rate in wages.
And one thing that is rather worrying is that Newcastle are wasting an awful lot of time with Erdinc, and there was news yesterday that Bolton Wanderers are keen to sign Daniel Sturridge of Chelsea on a season-long loan deal.
That was one fall-back position for Newcastle if they couldn’t get Erdinc to Tyneside.
It seems it’s time for Newcastle to put up or shut up with the Turkish International.