Newcastle left-back target Erik Pieters will be on PSV Eindhoven’s flight to Austria for their Europa League clash with SV Ried tomorrow night.
Erik Pieters – in PSV squad for tomorrow’s game
As we reported earlier today it seems the £6M transfer fee is holding up the move for Pieters, and Mike Ashley seems to be balking at the fee, and why that’s the case we have no idea.
The facts seem to be consistent that Pieters wants £30K/week in wages, which seemingly Newcastle are willing to pay, and PSV want £6M for their Dutch International defender, and Newcastle are not willing to pay that.
PSV Communications Manager Pedro Salazar Hewitt has told the Lee Ryder, of the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
“He is traveling with us to Austria.” “If nothing else happens he will be in the squad on Thursday night.”
If Erik plays on Thursday night, even if he’s signed by Newcastle before the game at Sunderland at noon on Saturday, he will not play for the Magpies.
Newcastle had put a priority on getting a new left-back signed quickly, as Newcastle lost their third very good player this year only last Friday, when Jose Enrique finally got the move to Liverpool, ha has since said he craved.
Newcastle will have to sign Pieters by noon on Friday to be eligible for the Sunderland game, but if he plays for PSV on Thursday evening, he will not play against Sunderland.
Newcastle had an excellent chance of bringing in a very good replacement for Enrique, in the 10 times capped Dutch International, but the move seems to have hit a road block.
Ryan Taylor, James Perch and the fit again, Shane Ferguson, are all now available to play left back against the old enemy Sunderland on Saturday, and we’d prefer young Ferguson to get the nod, if he’s fit enough.
We would just love it if Newcastle can still get Erik Pieters and Souchaux striker Modibo Maiga through the door before the end of the transfer window – just love it!
We think they would be two terrific buys for the Magpies.