Newcastle Back In For Swiss International Striker


Newcastle have been linked with Swiss striker Eren Derdiyok, since he played in the European Championships back in the summer of 2008.

Eren Derdiyok – Newcastle interested back in 2008

That was when Kevin Keegan was still the Newcastle manager, and Derdivok was still at FC Basel, and Newcastle were reported to be after the then 19 year-old, who was rated at around  £3M.

And Derdivok looked useful against England in the 2-2 draw in June in that European Championships qualifier, and reports today are linking Newcastle with a new move for the 22 year-old 6’3″ striker, who is now at Bayer Leverkusen.

Here’s a report I wrote on August 2nd, 2008 and I seem to be keen on the youngster – that’s a surprise!

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It seems that Chief Scout Graham Carr has watched the striker play for Switzerland against Liechenstein, and the youngster scored the first goal after just 15 minutes.

And it’s hardly surprising that Carr has been watching him play for Bayer Leverkusen, as another potential Newcastle target, Tranquillo Barnetta also plays at the same German club.

Alan Pardew is now desperately searching the continent for another striker, as moves for Gameiro and Erdinc were not successful, and Tottenham strikers Crouch, Defoe and Pavyluchenko are too old and way over-priced.

But the Swiss striker is now worth an estimated at £8.5M, which seems a bit high for somebody who is not proven at the top level, but he does fit the Newcastle profile of younger players who can improve,  and has been on the Newcastle radar screen for at least three years.

The youngster played 63 times for FC Basel with 17 goals,  and has played 65 times for Bayer Leverkusen with 18 goals, and he has played 33 times for Switzerland with 3 goals.

He would be a decent buy for Newcastle, but would still be a bit of a risk.

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49 comments so far

  • Lee Dodd

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #1

    I would say if We can get Him Signed Up and His pal Barnetta Then get the pair for £10 million !!!!!! Then it will be a Good Transfer Window for Newcastle United !!!!

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Barnetta and him – youre right. Get Pieters and then Barnetta (When Barton Leaves) and then DirDeyok… Nice window in deed… and with Nasri and Fab not playing – I can see a win!!! 🙂

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3

    If we can get him and a decent LB with the others we have bought it will have been a decent transfer window. Get rid of Barton & Enrique. All the press are predicting that we will struggle this season and 1 or 2 are saying we’ll go down. I don’t think so think we’ll finish around 10th

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #4

    Although – there seems to have been another striker – Danish this time up the north-east last night… I think he was in talks with Newcastle and Celtic.. or possibly Rangers… although how much is Bendtner? £10m…

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5

    b crazy to let jose leave without having this petiers tied up

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  • toonfan09

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #6

    in 116 games scored 52 goals and 26 assits not to bad like and not many of those games has he started either

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Interesting read on the Journal Website

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #8

    I dont think he has pace

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Whats this about Stoke wanting to sign Jonas?

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  • Teamstoof

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #10

    @ichrisho
    why won´t Nasri play on saturday??? He was fantastic laste night for france in the first half…

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Phil Airey has joined Hibs on a six month loan

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #12

    @4

    Yes Arsenal have offered Bendtner to us, not sure on the fee.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #13

    “The Journal understands United expect progress on the striker hunt early next week – and that they have been offered the chance to sign Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner.”

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  • sammydolan

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #14

    Nasri will be at Man City by the weekend… this guy is unproven and his record doesn’t look great…. Sturridge?

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #15

    West Brom have issued a hands-off warning to Newcastle over striker Peter Odemwingie.

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  • toonfan09

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #16
  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #17

    Anyone heard any more about Joey’s talks at Stoke??

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #18

    @15

    Have they? We must have touched base then, I think he’d jump to join Toon, and he would be a very good signing in our team

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #19

    Sky Sports: English trio eye Macedonian gem

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #20

    @18

    According to The Sun yeah.

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  • magpie6699

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #21

    People keep saying we should buy Sturridge like you just go into a shop! It seems to me that he’s not desperate to leave Chelsea and that they are keen to keep him, especially after his pre-season goals. They could well slap a £20 million plus fee on him – that’s IF he chose to leave. So I just can’t see how this could happen. Best hope would be a loan deal – but my first 2 points still apply.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #22

    @21

    Exactly. You can only sign a player who wants to come here!

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  • Dannyo

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #23

    Remember he’s only 22, strikers tend to start proper flourishing at his age in the upcoming season.
    I reckon he could pump in a good few goals tbh. He’s still getting better.

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  • Tiote4PM

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #24

    Prolific he is NOT. No thanks.

    Seems that at the moment Ed could suggest anyone and we would bite your hand off!

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #25

    Risky but he’s young and will be a much better alternative than Bendtner.

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  • kingkev9

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #26

    1 goal every 5 games? Worse record than Shola. Surely we can do better.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #27

    Good words from Cabaye on SkySports

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  • Eastander

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #28

    he’s more of a number 10 than a number 9, we need a goal scorer!

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  • Trini Toon

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #29

    NUFC team is much better now than last season’s

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #30

    I didn’t think his record was too bad.

    52 goals in 116 games (all competitions)

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #31

    Just to let all of you know the trialist who was at Newcastle and played against boro reserves has not been handed a deal

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #32

    I dont know – Do you think Pardew believes that One up front will do it? I mean we could BA every game up until 65 mins then put on Ameobi or Best depending on the score.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #33

    @31

    Was he Macedonian?

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 11, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #34

    No the french guy,

    Mohd dacoure or something like that

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  • SaulToon

    Aug 11, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #35

    “But the Swiss striker is now worth an estimated at £8.5M, which seems a bit high for somebody who is not proven at the top level”

    Seems a bit brash to infer the the bundesliga is not a top league

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2011 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #36

    Zenit St Petersburg in for Barton, they are willing to offer him a deal worth £68,000 a week after tax.

    Full Article

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  • Ollieh51

    Aug 11, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #37

    Guys, remember that with the scouts looking at them they are not JUST looking at their goal scoring record…

    Effectively, until last season Gervinho and Gameiro wouldn’t have been seen as great goal scorers.

    We’re clearly looking at players with high work rate and flexibility, (Erding, Gameiro, Gervinho ALL Right Attacking Midfield/Right sided strikers.)

    This is why the Sturridge type players will be looked at by the club I think.

    We have Shola and Ba and Best that are decent in the air, we need more ball playing teams so we’re not playing hoof ball come the start of the season.

    If he’s being looked at, he’ll fit the bill for the new Carr/Pardew plan.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Aug 11, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #38

    @37

    Exactly, for a striker, especially his age, still learning his trade, they are looking more at his skills than his history.

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  • ichrisho

    Aug 11, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #39

    We need a small fast strikers to match Ba’s height… I dont think bendtner or the Swiss guy would fir that bill – that said neither does Ameobi… either of them.

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  • Wigham33

    Aug 11, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #40

    I hope we have a new striker for the Fulham match. Im coming all the way from Sydney Australia to see it….

    There are some real positives in the signings we have made, pace is the real key. I know some are unhappy with those that have been sold or will be booted but Nolan was just way too slow for my liking and Joey albeit ok last season has not got the overall game awareness and control that I believe Cabaye/Arfa will provide.

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