In the summer of 2012 when Newcastle were looking to sign Lille right back Mathieu Debuchy, we were also linked with Dutch International full-back Gregory van der Wiel, who at the time was still at Ajax.
Gregory van der Wiel – available this summer?
In fact the only senior player we signed that summer was Vurnon Anita – even though we were going to compete in the Europa league in the next season.
But it just hasn’t worked out for Vurnon on Tyneside, although he’s good technical player, and he could even be sold this summer.
Gregory van der Wiel finally signed on at money-bags PSG, for a reasonable £4M on a four year deal.
PSG are trying to reach a new agreement with the player, and if they haven’t done that by this summer, then Gregory could be available at a reasonable fee.
Otherwise PSG could lose him as a free agent in the summer of next year.
The report is in talkSPORT, but we doubt that a player who can only play right back or right wing back would be a target for Newcastle this summer, with Daryl Janmaat having such a successful first season on Tyneside.
Gregory’s agent is Mino Raiola, and this is what he has said about his client to RMC:
“We are currently discussing for a possible extension. But we have not yet found an agreement.” “I hope that it will come, because there are a lot of interested clubs in England, Spain, Italy and Germany.”
“I hope that we will get there, but we do not yet have an agreement.”
Gregory van der Wiel has played 28 times for PSG this season with four assists, and we’d be surprised if he wanted to join Newcastle, after being used to playing in the Champions League every season with both Ajax and PSG.
Gregory played 191 times for Ajax with 13 goals and 17 assists, and at PSG he has made 92 appearances with one goal and 14 assists.
We’d be more willing to believe the report if Gregory was more of a utility defender.
Well that’s unless we are going to sell Janmaat this summer ……….
What do you think?
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