If you look at all the press this year about who Newcastle are linked with in the transfer market, you could even take a reasonable guess at which three players are the most likely to move to Newcastle this summer.
Romain Amalfitano - 22 year-old Reims midfielder
We’be done that and here are the three players we think most likely to be brought into the club this summer.
Romain Amalfitano – shown above – the lad’s two year contact at Stade Reims comes to an end in the summer, and the 22 year-old attacking midfielder may have already signed a pre-contract deal at Newcastle, which L’Equpe reported earlier this week.
He seems to be on the same sort of deal that brought then 18 year-old Mehdi Abeid from Lens last summer, who was also out contract, but of course Romain is four years older, and has been playing in the French second division for the last couple of seasons.
Amalfitano is said to be signing a contract for three years at Newcastle through June of 2015, and he’s the younger brother of 27 year-old Morgan Amalfitano, who currently plays for Marseilles, and recently picked up his first cap for France.
Romain moved to Reims in 2010 from French first division club Evian Thonon Gaillard , on a two year contract, and he has played 63 times for Reims, and scored 10 goals over the last couple of seasons.
Erik Pieters – 23 year-old PSV defender
We have been linked with the Dutch International left back for over a year now, and there’s a good likelihood Newcastle will sign the PSV defender in the summer for around £5M.
At the moment Erik has a hairline fracture of his foot, and is in a plaster cast, and has probably played his last game for PSV.
Erik is busy trying to get fit for Holland, so he can play in the European Championships in Poland and the Ukraine this summer.
And in a recent poll these are the results on whether our readers think we should sign Erik:
Pieter’s agent Piet van der Pol also confirmed that Erik is interested in joining Newcastle earlier this week:
“He was interested last year.” ”Newcastle United is a fantastic club and I know that Erik follows them because of his friendship with Tim Krul.”
“If they come in for Erik of course he will be interested in talking to them, but right now the main thing that he is focused on is getting fit for Euro 2012.”
“Newcastle have done tremendously this season and I know that there are a lot of players who would like to join them.”
For the record, Erik has played 181 times with two goals for PSV since joining them from Utrecht for €2.5M (about £2M) in July of 2008, and he has played 21 times for the Dutch U21 side and 14 times for the full Dutch side.
Douglas – 24 year-old FC Twente center-back
The 6’4″ no-nonsense Brazilian center-back could be an excellent buy for Newcastle, and if he arrives it would then be between Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson and Douglas to fight it out for the two center-back starting positions on Tyneside.
Newcastle are also giving an extended trial to Australian center-back Curtis Good, the Melbourne Heart 19 year-old, but if he signs on at Newcastle, we don’t think that will affect Douglas coming to the club.
The recent news is that Douglas doesn’t want to come to Newcastle until August, and the fee is said to be around €5M, which is is around £4.13M, so the Brazilian would miss the summer tour, and therefore take a little longer to get acclimatized at Newcastle.
Just over two weeks ago, Voetbal International reported that Douglas was likely coming coming to Newcastle:
“It is likely that Douglas Franco Teixeira continues his career at Newcastle United. The number six of the Premier League last winter was already in the market for the 24-year-old center defender of FC Twente and now has again expressed his interest.”
“Newcastle is prepared five million euros for Douglas to pay. The player himself is happy in England to continue his career, but wants to make the move until late August.”
“Then to play the Dutchman naturalized Brazilian five seasons in the Dutch professional football, and is entitled to play for Orange. “
Douglas took the decision recently to seek Dutch citizenship so he could play for Holland, and his contract ends in June, but since he’s been at the club since 2007, when he joined from Brazilian club Joinville, and he is still only 24, Newcastle will need to pay around €5M in compensation to FC Twente.
By our reckoning Douglas has played 189 times for FC Twente in all competitions with 13 goals.
What do you think of these three players – coming in for around £9M?