Interesting news in the Evening Chronicle today as Lee Ryder is reporting that PSG striker Mevlut Erding is back in Newcastle’s sights.
Mevlut Erding – Newcastle back in for Turkish International striker
It’s not surprising that the Paris St Germain Turkish International striker is unsettled with the Ligue 1 side, as PSG will be bringing in new players under new manager Carlo Ancelotti, and it may be hard for the lad to get many games at the Paris-based club.
Erding has made only 9 appearances this season for PSG and scored two goals and last season he scored 9 goals in 34 appearances for the French side.
And the Chronicle is reporting that Newcastle officials are currently in Paris trying to negotiate a deal for the player, who was one of Newcastle’s top targets in the summer.
Newcastle balked at the fee asked for the player, and there was also trouble with his agent, and those things prevented him from arriving on Tyneside, although he was Newcastle’s top striker target for a number of months.
Back on July 13th we wrote this about the striker’s agent:
Apparently the situation is that Newcastle have been involved in a bonus row with Mevlut’s agent Pierre Frelot, and Erding himself is still keen to come to Newcastle.
We assume that agent wants some money from Newcastle for fixing up the deal, and the Tyneside club are unwilling to pay that, and of course it was Frelot who last Friday said his client will be staying at Paris Saint-Germain.
Erding played four seasons at Sochaux and scored 25 goals in 84 appearances for them, and he stands 5’11” tall and turns 25 late next month, on February 25th.
He joined PSG from Sochaux in June of 2009 for €9M which is around £7.4M with today’s conversion rate.
He has played 12 times for Turkey with one goal, and we think he would be an excellent signing for Newcastle, and maybe the club can get a good deal on the striker.
And it seems from the report that Newcastle are negotiating the deal right now – so we hope it will be successful.
And let’s hope if Newcastle are gong to sign Erding, we do it quickly, and this saga doesn’t last too much longer, as it dragged on and on last summer.
This could be good news for Newcastle fans today, but of course we also have to get in a center-back this month too.