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Newcastle won’t pay over £4.3 million for Pieters? [updated]

August 22nd, 2011 | 49 Comments |

Erik Pieters
Pieters: Fatty's wallet remains closed.
De Telegraaf in the Netherlands have reported that Newcastle United will only pay a maximum “ransom” of €5 million (around £4.3 million) for PSV Eindhoven and Netherlands left back, Erik Pieters, which falls far short of the £6-7 million PSV are looking for.

However they also state that the reason is that moneybags Manchester City have revealed that they would be willing to pay a “substantial share” of the wages of redundant left back, Wayne Bridge, in a loan deal, with a rental deal for Bridge being allegedly a more appealing option for Newcastle United’s notoriously mean owner. It goes on to report that Ashley would be looking for Man City to pay at least 50% of Bridge’s current £90,000 per week salary.

Meanwhile, Newcastle United manager, Alan Pardew, went to see Pieters for himself in yesterday’s game between PSV and ADO Den Haag, a game which I saw myself due to the wonders of modern televisual technology. Pieters looked solid enough, not so much an attacking left back in the manner of Ashley Cole etc, but that is not a criticism. However the quality of opposition left alot to be desired.

Speaking on a possible move to the Magpies, Pieters himself has said:

“I’m open to this step, but if it fails I am not disappointed.”

Match highlights ADO Den Haag v PSV Eindhoven. (more…)