There has been a delay in getting Dutch International left-back Erik Pieters to Newcastle.
Erik Pieters – £6M too much for Newcastle?
The reports suggest that PSV want £6M for the player, and the Dutchman wants £30K/week from Newcastle, and since he is replacing Jose Enrique, who went to Liverpool for £6M, and was on around £45K/week, what’s the problem?
Well it seems the problem is that Newcastle are balking on the £6M fee for the 23 year-old, and are looking at alternatives.
A spokesman for the Grandstand football agency, which is the agency representing Pieters, has said that Newcastle’s attempts to buy the Dutchman are not near completion:
“It is not clear whether the two clubs have agreed a fee yet,” “We are still waiting to hear from both sides.”
We reported earlier today that Newcastle are looking at taking Wayne Bridge on loan from Manchester City for the seaosn, but that would be an expensive deal, and they have also registered an interest in Lyon left-back Aly Cissokho, who we watched play for Lyon, against Rubin Kazan, last night. .
Lyon won 3-1 in that European Champions qualifying round first leg, after going one goal down early in that game, and Aly put in a solid performance.
But Newcastle have been put off by Lyon’s £8M evaluation of their player, although Cissokho is said to be very keen to join Newcastle.
We know that Newcastle want to get bargain buys, but balking at £6M for Erik Pieters seems a bit strange because the fee from Enrique will pay for Erik, and Newcastle will be getting a player on two thirds of the wages of Jose.
It seems, at least in our opinion, this is getting just a little bit ridiculous, always assuming the news on Pieters is indeed true.
We just wish Newcastle would pay out good money for a good player when it’s necessary, and not be so miserly, especially when they have just lost one of their best players – for the third time this year.
What do you think?