With Newcastle being rebuffed by Swiss striker Eren Derdiyok, they have now turned their attention to £8M rated Arsenal striker, Nicklas Bendtner.
Nicklas Bendtner – Newcastle options running out
Newcastle are now in for the unsettled Arsenal striker along with Stoke City, after Chief scout Graham Carr watched Swiss striker Derdiyok play for Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night.
Apparently the 23 year-old Swiss international has no intention of leaving his German club, who of course are in the European Champions League this season.
This is what Eren said:
“I did not realize they were watching me, but it does not make any difference to how I feel about my future,’ ‘I have a contract with Leverkusen until 2013, and I am extremely happy with that.”
“I have no thoughts about leaving, because I have managed to force my way into the team at Leverkusen, and we now have a Champions’ League campaign to look forward to. I do not want to miss out on that after helping us to qualify.”
We don’t blame Eren one bit for those thoughts, so it looks like Nicklas Bendtner may be near the last option for Newcastle.
Shane Long moved to West Brom for an initial £4.5M last week, and there is news today that Everton want to take Chelsea’s Daniel Sturridge on a season-long loan deal.
Newcastle may be interested in trying to get Sturridge to Newcastle on a loan deal, but the loan fee will likely be a couple of million, and Mike Ashley may not be wiling to pay that amount for just a loan deal.
Stoke have offered around £8m for Bendtner, after finally giving up on Tottenham’s Peter Crouch, so we’re not sure if Newcastle are willing to pay that fee for Bendtner.
We’re not sure Nicklas would be a good buy, because he’s too similar to Ba, Ameobi and Best – and we think Newcastle missed out on taking Irish striker Shane Long, who would have offered a different kind of approach up front.
What do you think?