The news today is that Newcastle are ready to increase their offer for PSV left-back Erik Pieters.
Erik Pieters – increased bid for Dutchman
That follows on from yesterday’s news that Alan Pardew was seen at the PSV game on Sunday sitting alongside Pieter’s representative Hakim Slimani.
The Eindhoven side won that game 3-0 at Ado Den Haag, with Pieters playing very well.
The Newcastle Journal is reporting there have been good talks with the players representatives over the weekend, and that Newcastle are now ready to submit an improved offer for Pieters.
Attention has now shifted back to Pieters after Newcastle were quoted an £8M price for Lyon left full-back Aly Cissokho, and that seems to be the price Lyon want and will not take anything less.
Newcastle have balked at most of the prices of their targets this summer, including striker Mevlut Erdinc, and they are balking at the prices of both Pieters and Cissokho, and presumably Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga too.
It seems the asking price for Erik Pieters is £6.4M, so we’ll have to wait and see how close Newcastle will come to that after presumably already bidding around £4M for the 10 times capped Dutch International, who stands 6’1″ tall.
Of course it’s very difficult to get the exact figures right, but the bottom line seems to be PSV want more than Newcastle have bid so far, and Newcastle are now going in with an improved offer for the player, who we think would fit in very well on Tyneside, and would be a very decent singing.
There seems to be a hope within the club that the deal can now be completed quickly, with the defender said to be mustard keen to join his Dutch colleague and best friend Tim Krul at Newcastle.
We have to hope this deal goes through quickly, and while Alan Pardew has said the Newcastle negotiations are like those of any other club, we have to think Newcastle seem unwilling to pay out the required money to get players into Newcastle, and as Alan has said “over the line”.
That’s why these deals seem to drag on and on and on on and on …. you know what I mean.
We feel like Dusty Springfield – we’re just Wishin’ And Hopin’.
But this news today is potentially good news regarding Erik Pieters.