Newcastle fans may have to wait a few more days and even into next Wednesday, when the transfer window closes, before any new players arrive on Tyneside.
Erik Pieters – stalemate on the transfer
There seems to be a stalemate developed with Newcastle’s move for Dutch International Erik Pieters, with the Tyneside club unwilling to meet the asking price of his club PSV.
And it looks like Newcastle have given up on Lyon’s French left-back Cissokho, because the asking price is just too high for a thrifty Newcastle.
Alan Pardew thinks there is some brinkmanship going on with the Pieters deal as he said today:
“I think there is a little of brinkmanship going on and I think that’s understandable,”
“If clubs are resigned to losing a player they want the best possible price so when a transfer becomes close, suddenly a lot of other clubs and the press seem to know about it. And all sorts of accusations fly around.”
“But when you cut through it there will be a deal made, and we’re hoping to do the two deals we need. I think the board know where I am. I want two positions filled before the end of the window, and I think we’ll do that.”
The accusations Alan is talking about are that Newcastle have been reported to FIFA for their pursuit of Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga, and Alan’s former club Charlton Athletic have reported Newcastle to the Premier League, related to their approach for goalkeeper Rob Elliot.
We reported this yesterday and in both cases it seems Newcastle talked to the player without the other club’s permission and before a fee was agreed between the two clubs.
But Newcastle’s intransigence on paying out say £1M more for their targets, when they have so much money still in the bank from their outgoing transfers this year, which adds up to about £48M, seems a little puzzling, especially when things are getting so late in the transfer market.
But of course that’s exactly what PSV and Sochaux will be thinking too.
But that’s where we stand today with the Erik Pieters deal, and it’s all getting a little boring.
Let’s hope there’s breakthrough very soon.