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!
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.