There doesn’t seem to be much new news this morning on the status of Erik Pieters.
Erik Pieters – in Newcastle for a medical?
The news yesterday was that finally Newcastle had agreed a fee with PSV for their Dutch International left-back, and reports in Holland said that Erik was on his way yesterday to Newcastle to have his medical.
The Journal this morning cites that story, but adds no more new news, but doesn’t deny those facts either.
There are just four days left in the transfer window after today, and still no new arrivals in at Newcastle since Gabriel Obertan was signed on August 9th, and we’ve lost Hose Enrique and Joey Barton since Gabriel arrived.
Newcastle need a left-back, a striker, and hopefully a replacement for Joey Barton who signed on at QPR yesterday, and is likely to make his debut against Newcastle in two weeks time at Loftus Road.
Alan Pardew is hoping that a deal will have been completed by Newcastle for Pieters in time for the player to play tomorrow against Bolton, but that’s looking a little unlikely now, unless he signs within a few hours.
Erik Pieters has known about the Newcastle interest for at least two weeks, and doesn’t know which team he will be playing for on Sunday:
“If a club from the Premier League says they want you, and that is the case, then you know the financial means they have,”
“Whether I play for PSV at Excelsior on Sunday or am already at Newcastle I do not know.” “I have not seen much of Newcastle myself but my friend Tim Krul keeps me informed.”
Newcastle also have an interestd in Lyon left-back Aly Cissokho, who is said by the French press to be more than anxious to join Newcastle, but his fee may be too high (around £9M?) for Newcastle, and Pieters would seem the better value at around £7M.
This is what Alan Pardew said, when asked if new players would be arriving soon:
“I am hoping so, but the finance side of it is out of my hands.” “I have highlighted the players I want and I am hoping the board will get them over the line as quickly as they can.”
That’s what Alan has been saying for the last two months, but of course getting the new players into the club is not his job, and the transfer business is led by Derek LLambias with help from Secretary Lee Charnley.
We have to hope the powers that be at Newcastle will bring in three new players by Wednesday night, and that doesn’t include the 20 year-old French youngster Danny Situ, who is due to sign on at the club after a successful trial.
But bringing in three new players over the next four days seems highly unlikely, but you never know.
What do you think?