If you believe the Editor of the Dutch football magazine Elf Voetbal, it is very likely that Erik Pieters will arrive on Tyneside in the summer.
Erik Pieters - very likely he will come to Newcastle this summer
Newcastle pursued the 23-year old last summer, and although Newcastle seemed to get very close to a deal, they couldn’t quite manage to agree terms with his club PSV Eindhoven.
Jan Hermen De Bruijn is a journalist from the Netherlands and he has been interviewed today by a Newcastle blog site, and says it is very likely that Pieters will join Newcastle this summer.
This is what he has said today:
“The chance of the Erik Pieters move to Newcastle going though looks very likely.” “He won’t stay with PSV at the end of the season. He will leave go to a bigger league.”
“Newcastle has been mentioned several times and he has had contact over there.” “The chance of him going to England and then Newcastle is very very real.”
“Newcastle United looks like a very good club for Pieters.“ “It’s a move that would suit him, PSV Eindhoven and Newcastle United.”
Pieters has played over 100 times for PSV since joining them from Utrecht in the summer of 2008, for a fee close to £2M, and it is thought the fee PSV want is now closer to £6M.
Erik has been a Dutch International since 2010 and so far has 14 appearances for his country, and he is also good friends with Newcastle’s top goalkeeper Tim Krul.
The 6’1″ Pieters did not have a good game for the Dutch against England at Wembley recently in their 3-2 win, and he was taken off at the half, and he seemed to have trouble handling both the skill and speed of Daniel Sturridge and Adam Johnson.
But maybe it was just a bad day at the office for him.
Erik usually plays left-back but he is also more than useful in central defense.
What do you think?