There may be some downtime in the transfer market while Newcastle tour the US, but speculation that the club haven’t yet given up their hopes of signing Mevlüt Erdinç continues. According to the press, anyway.
A little while back, Erdinç stated that his preference is to stay at Paris Saint-Germain after being given assurances that he won’t be completely sidelined but the incoming transfers of players like Kevin Gameiro and – potentially – Mauro Zarate.
In fact, Erdinç played for PSG on Wednesday in their pre-season match against Brighton, although he was used to plug a gap on the right wing after Guillaume Hoarau and Kevin Gameiro were give the two front positions. It’s possible that things like that might force Erdinç to reconsider a move to Newcastle where he would most likely be the first choice striker.
Our £7m move for the player broke down a few backs but, if Erdinç is unhappy about the prospect of a future as a right winger or ‘gap-plugging player’ at PSG, we might yet stand a chance of getting the player this summer, particularly if we go back to PSG with a slightly improved offer.
The Daily Mail suggested that Alan Pardew would get ‘official’ news yesterday about whether he has any chance of signing Erdinç, although if he did it hasn’t made it into the press yet.
Alan Pardew is said to be a huge fan of the 24 year-old, who has 53 goals in 155 appearances for his career (28 in 70 for PSG), and back in June our manager said:
“Erding has always been on our radar.“
He was allegedly Pardew’s second choice after any hopes of signing Kevin Gameiro were dashed.
It seems unlikely that Newcastle have ever seriously contemplated Daniel Sturridge, whose estimated value ranges widely between £7m and £20m, despite a large portions of the fans seeing him as the ideal target.
It is more likely that the club would go for someone like Reading’s Shane Long is the prospect of signing Erdinç disappears completely.