Alan Pardew is reported to have made a check today on Dutch international left-back Erik Pieters.
Erik Pieters – Pardew watched him play today
If the news of the last day or two is to be believed, then Spanish left-back Enrique is expected to join Andy Carroll at Liverpool, in a £5.5M deal, as Liverpool are building a new team under new manager Kenny Dalglish.
And Alan Pardew was at the game at AZ Alkmaar today, to watch Pieters play, in their 3-1 defeat of PSV.
Pieters fits the profile of players Newcastle are looking for, and at 22-years-old the PSV player has already 10 caps for the Dutch team and has played over 75 times for PSV.
Peiters sustained a knee injury in pre-season and the Newcastle manager was apparently checking on his fitness, and Pieters was used as a sub in the second half of the game today.
Newcastle were reportedly interested in the full back earlier this year, as a potential replacement if Jose Enrique ever moved away from Newcastle, which now seems likely to happen.
While Pieters has already played in the Champions League, PSV only finished in 3rd place in the Eredivise last season, and did not qualify for the league this season, with Ajax and FC Twente being the two Dutch representatives.
The player stands 6’1″ tall and previously played for Utrecht, and he joined PSV in 2008, and has a contract though 2014 with the Dutch side.
It could well be that Enrique will move to Liverpool as early as this week, and Newcastle will need to bring in a replacement quickly.
Enrique will join other former top Newcastle top players Andy Carroll and former captain Kevin Nolan, who elected to leave Newcastle this year,