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Newcastle Interested In Signing 6ft 5ins Holding Midfielder


German media outlet BILD is reporting that Newcastle are interested in signing Nuremberg defensive midfielder Patrick Erras.

Nuremberg are currently the second bottom side in the Bundesliga, and they seem sure to be one of the clubs relegated this season.

Erras is right-footed, and he has played only 13 times in the Bundesliga this season for the second bottom side, and he’s started only 7 games.

So if the BILD report is accurate, Rafa must see something he likes in the player.

6ft 5ins tall Nuremberg defensive midfielder Patrick Erras

He came through the Youth Academy at Nuremberg and made his Bundesliga debut back in October 2015 against FSV Frankfurt.

He’s played 57 total games for Nuremberg with 6 goals and 3 assists.

Rafa will want to bring in at least one defensive midfielder this summer since it’s likely that both Isaac Hayden and Mo Diame will be leaving the club.

This is what Erras has said about a potential move this summer:

“My contract expires in 2020, of course leaving crosses your mind.”

“I can confirm that clubs from the Premier League and the Bundesliga have already approached my advisor.”

“But my first point of contact will always be the club.”

There is a lot of interest from other clubs too in the giant defensive midfielder.

Rafa will want to bring in some low-cost bargains this summer – like Erras – as he did last summer with the likes of Ki and Schar.

But the manager will also want owner Mike Ashley to support him to bring in at least one or maybe even two high-priced transfer targets.

What do you think?

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98 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 11, 2019 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #41

    I was watching Man Utd Barca earlier, should have been watching Ajax I know, but couldn’t help but think. If Ashley young can play in the champions league quarter final, then surely I can still make it as a professional footballer. Surely.

    3
  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 11, 2019 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #42

    I too aspired to a professional football career RA, but my hopes were cruelly dashed by a string of petty misfortunes and a succession of hack coaches who inexplicably failed to fully trust in me, and oh yeah, a lack of talent and being arsed to run around much.

    4
  • Munster Mag

    Apr 11, 2019 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #43

    Jail it seems the two week sabbatical for the lobotomy didn’t work. Logic and counter intuitism are not easily assimilated.

    2
  • toon22

    Apr 11, 2019 at 1:02 AM

    Comment #44

    LoL Munster

    Got an axe to grind ?

    😉

    3
  • Linka1984

    Apr 11, 2019 at 2:17 AM

    Comment #45

    As per the norm, Newcastle are “linked” with a footballer that not many people have really heard of & will probably have to use wikipedia to dredge up any info’ on the player.
    This by no means is supposed to come across as disrespectful to the lad, but it’s the same old story of Rafa scrapping it through the used car lot of transfer windows hoping to find a little gem in amongst pile of rust buckets!
    It’s inevitable this system (if you can even call it that) will stop being productive because you simply cannot keep buying players for £4 or £5 million & expect them to be successful every time.
    Benítez can only do so much, but bringing in players just for an extra body in squad is ridiculous.
    I know Rafa’s hands are bound super tight, but IMO the wheels are gonna fall off sooner or later!!! LOL.

    1
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 11, 2019 at 3:53 AM

    Comment #46

    Going back to Jesus Jorge, I can’t see the club being Brighton (if they were going to sack Hughton they’d have done it by now), I think Southampton are likely to give their manager a full summer to bring his own players in, Cardiff are unlikely to stay up and will keep faith in Warnock. This leaves Newcastle (who will still be pursuing Rafa so won’t have made any concrete bids to Jorge), and Crystal Palace. Hodgson has massively underperformed given the players at his disposal, and with the right foreign coach they could be much higher up.

    2
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 11, 2019 at 4:04 AM

    Comment #47

    I think we have a 60% chance of keeping Rafa, and that is aided by believing he wants to stay in UK and the top 6 aren’t looking for new bosses. With regards to getting a good replacement I’m far less optimistic, especially now Rodgers has gone. and knowing Charnley’s lack of knowledge about the game. I’d say we have a 10-20% of getting a good manager, although I doubt we’re likely to get another McClaren/ Pardew/ Carver just because I can’t think of anyone that bad who has so-so Premier experience. My guess would be Mancini or Conte if they’re not already in decent jobs – or Martinez if he quits national football. Hughes, Allardyce or Hodgson could be called upon in if we fail to lure anybody, maybe even Sven. Personally, I’d go for Biesla if forced to look elsewhere.

    1
  • chicousa

    Apr 11, 2019 at 4:31 AM

    Comment #48

    I’m steadfastly refusing to even consider any manager other than Rafa! The insanity of losing such a man, whom fortune gifted to us more or less out of the blue after the successive nightmares of Pardew, Carver and McClaren is just too much for my heed to handle! It is like being given the winning lottery ticket and throwing it in garbage pale because you don’t want to invest in the drive to the lottery commission to turn it in!

    3
  • chicousa

    Apr 11, 2019 at 4:31 AM

    Comment #49

    Pail (not pale ffs)

    1
  • chicousa

    Apr 11, 2019 at 4:47 AM

    Comment #50

    Re: the discussion about overused words such as “blatant”, overused phrases is a similar plague.

    I noticed a couple years ago various EPL players using the phrase: “To be honest with you…” or a variant such as “To be completely honest with you…”, “To be totally honest with you…”, etc.
    This phrase is used as a sort of catch-all prefix to any sort of comment or opinion or simple disclosure by the speaker. (Not sure if this means that when the phrase is absent then that means th speaker is lying or NOT being honest…?).

    Any as a yank living over here in the “colonies”, I had not encountered the phrase. But lately I’m hearing it from everyone and everywhere over here now! It is like a phraseology virus has spread from the UK to the USA slowly over the past couple years.

    Now that it here I just have to say, to be completely honest with you, it is a bit of a bee in my jockstrap! 😉

    5
  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 11, 2019 at 5:04 AM

    Comment #51

    Or “to be fair.” Beardsley’s favourite phrase. And the word literally is used literally all the time by some. Footballers especially are prone to using clichés. As soon as one starts saying something they all do. Polemic will be the next overused word in football circles. Although oddly it’s probably only the more cultured foreign players with a superior grasp of English who will understand what it means. The likes of Pickford will probably think they’re speaking one of them foreigner languages.

    4
  • chicousa

    Apr 11, 2019 at 5:18 AM

    Comment #52

    If “polemic” takes root in the common language of EPL players, then we can claim that our Fabian Schar was the original source of it’s newfound popularity. 😉

    4
  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 11, 2019 at 5:24 AM

    Comment #53

    When someone says “To be honest” or similar, I always think they’re lying. Why would you say you are being honest? Does that mean you’re usually dishonest?

    4
  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 11, 2019 at 5:25 AM

    Comment #54

    Doesn’t the Polemic run through Washington DC?
    😉

    4
  • chicousa

    Apr 11, 2019 at 5:38 AM

    Comment #55

    Micky
    Right you are! The Polemic is indeed a river in Washington DC! 😉

    Actually I thought polemic was a symptom of a disease wherein a person walks as though they had a stick up their arse!

    4
  • Jib

    Apr 11, 2019 at 6:39 AM

    Comment #56

    Another phrase that does me heid in is:-
    “I’m not trying to be funny but …….”

    3
  • Jib

    Apr 11, 2019 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #57

    37Hrs 19 mins to KO
    (used with permission of the licensee
    Bill from Essex)

    3
  • Jib

    Apr 11, 2019 at 6:45 AM

    Comment #58
  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 11, 2019 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #59

    chicousa – only Irishman – polemic….

    1
  • chicousa

    Apr 11, 2019 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #60

    Micky,
    😛

    0
  • chicousa

    Apr 11, 2019 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #62

    Jib @58
    Aye, Captain Jamaal, is a quality character! Well done lad!

    The one thing most people can agree on: Rafa with a limited budget may not get the most talented players, but for the most part he gets players with good character or has kept the few that were here that have shown good character. No whining prima donnas who are merely passing thru the club, looking to move on to a bigger club!

    3
  • Jib

    Apr 11, 2019 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #63

    Chico I don’t know if you “get” English accents
    but Jamaal is still pure Derby , he’s picked up
    no Geordie at all.

    1
  • Jib

    Apr 11, 2019 at 7:18 AM

    Comment #64

    Sorry should have said – blatant Derby
    😛

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 11, 2019 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #65

    chico,
    I think it will top the list of wrong doings by this greedy and cynical man if he allows Rafa to leave.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 11, 2019 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #66

    #61, it’s no big deal to him lol

    0
  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 11, 2019 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #67

    How amusing that Primark is opening a 160,000 sq ft store in Brum, weirdly it sells stuff that people want to buy at a price they want to pay.

    Compare and contrast with the current HoF, Debenhams, sd etc. They sell shoite people DON’T want to buy. Now if I was Mikey Boy I’d be following the Primark route rather than the failed HoF/Debenhams route.

    But hey, to be honest, what do I know?

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 11, 2019 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #68

    The Guardian was saying Mikey has squandered about 500M on poor investments, would be great if the SD shareholders voted to get shot if him as an incompetent buffoon who’s massive ego affect his business decisions.

    2
  • Jib

    Apr 11, 2019 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #69

    Jail
    They’d have a big job on their hands
    he owns 69% of the shares, where do
    you think his wealth comes from?
    You don’t really “get” financial stuff do you?

    0
  • NY Mag

    Apr 11, 2019 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #70

    Jail,

    But isn’t masher the biggest shareholder? Therefore I assume he could simply veto them

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 11, 2019 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #71

    Ahh, that’s why Liam Gallagher was/is pi$$ed off with Mikey boy, Pretty Green took a 0.5M hit when HoF fell in to his hands.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 11, 2019 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #72

    Wasn’t there talk of him losing some kind of power there a while back.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 11, 2019 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #73

    That was the chairman they got shot of, they could still vote all in favour of him out which would be a bit of a black eye to him.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 11, 2019 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #74

    If he’s paying his son in law 5M and his brother 11M for made up jobs, I wonder how much is getting siphoned from our place, it would be interesting to know what he pays Krith Bishop.

    0
  • Jib

    Apr 11, 2019 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #76

    Jail
    Sports Direct today has about £360M in bank/cash at hand
    he doesn’t need (and isn’t able to) plote NUFC for dosh

    0
  • Jib

    Apr 11, 2019 at 8:20 AM

    Comment #77

    Sorry it’s ploat

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 11, 2019 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #78

    Jib,
    He doesn’t need to but most certainly is.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 11, 2019 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #79

    Wow, look at the reviews on Trust pilot since he took over HoF, these aren’t lots of angry toon fans after a Twitter campaign, these are real people, the man and his minions are poison.

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 11, 2019 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #80

    HoF now has a trust rating of 0.7 out of 10, that’s 0.7 not 7.

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