News in the Mirror today that Newcastle have become interested again in Rennes striker Mevlut Erdinc, who we were after in the summer of 2-11, after we couldn’t get Kevin Gameiro of Lorient through the door.
Mevlut Erdinc – former target now at Rennes
At that time Edinc was at Paris Saint-Germaine, but in January of last year, after PSG had brought in some big striker names like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Kevin Gameiro, the player who is a French citizen moved to Rennes, on a contract that lasts through the summer of 2015.
Erdinc has played for both the Turkey and French Youth sides, and he has 21 full caps for Turkey with three goals.
But this sounds a bit like a panic move by the club, and we hope that Graham Carr, the Chief Scout, has watched him recently at Rennes to check out his recent form, and he appeared 41 times last seoasn with 15 goals for Rennes.
Our move for him in the summer of 2011 was another long drawn out affair, and we were so close to signing him many times, but guess what stopped us – yes – we couldn’t match the fee that PSG wanted for him.
Here’s one of many articles we had out on the saga, and it was a sage which was not unlike our pursuit of Mathieu Debuchy of Lille last summer.
Erdinc is still fairly young at 26eplave Demba Bam which we still haven;t done., and joined PSG from Sochaux in 2009, and while at PSG he appeared 107 times with 30 goals, and while at Sochaux for four seasons previous to that, he played 84 times with 25 goals.
And maybe we shouldn’t be that surprised at this news, since we were also linked with an interest in Erdinc in January, in Newcastle’s attempt to replace the departed Demba Ba.
Swansea City and Stoke City are also said to be interested in the Turkish International, who was born in France but is of Turkish decent.
Erdinc has 224 total career appearances with 62 goals so far, and he is a right footed player who stands 5’11” tall, and would cost around £5M.
We should be able to afford that.
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