It seems press reports that Erik Pieters is ‘close’ to joining Newcastle are wide of the mark if the Dutch press is anything to go by.
Various Dutch newspapers are reporting that Pieters will stay at PSV after talks with Newcastle broke down last week.
It’s seems that a disagreement about transfer conditions was at the heart of the problem, although some of the press are suggesting that, because the talks were dragging on, PSV withdrew anyway because they would not be able to find anyone to replace Pieters at this late stage in the transfer window.
Pieters’ agent, Piet van der Pol, said: “PSV will not sell Peter.“
Apparently we offered €7m for the PSV left-back but no deal could be struck that satisfied PSV’s Technical Manager Marcel Brands. It seems Pieters himself is resigned to staying at PSV as he said:
“So be it, now I stay just one more year with PSV.“
Likewise, the French Press is reporting that our interest in Aly Cissokho is cooling. The French Press suggests that we were in actual negotiations with Lyon about taking Cissokho but have suddenly withdrawn due – they suggest – to our recent interest in Davide Santon.
Certainly Santon seems the favourite if the various press reports are anything to go by, but I wonder if Newcastle are keeping all three on the boiler to see if any bargains could be struck late in the transfer window.
The Italian press is reporting that Santon has previously indicated that regular first team football is his priority and is thusly strongly tempted by a move to Newcastle. However, the Inter Milan Managing Director Ernesto Paolillo is keeping his cards close to his chest and said:
“Santon is an Inter Milan player, but until the end of the transfer window we can not exclude anything.“
Reports suggest that our €6m offer ‘satisfies’ Inter Milan’s requirements in terms of a bid and it’s now down to the details of the deal.