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Pieters, Roux, Barton … it’s all go with Toon transfers

August 26th, 2011 | 38 Comments |

Erik Pieters: Toon deal close to completion?
Agent pretty sure transfer will happen
Could it be that Newcastle United are indeed closing in on a ‘double swoop’ for a left-back and a striker? And will Joey Barton leave or not?

Rumours abound that we’re close to finalising deals for both Erik Pieters and Nolan Roux, although I think it’s always worth waiting to see them at an SJP press conference holding a black and white shirt before getting too excited.

The story with Erik Pieters has us agreeing a £6m+ deal for the 23 year-old left-back, which presumably also accounts for any financial clauses in his contract that were allegedly a sticking point with the deal originally.

Pieters’ agent Piet van der Pol said:

I don’t know the exact numbers of Newcastle’s offer, but I’m pretty sure that the transfer will go ahead.

I would imagine Pieters would slot straight in as first-choice left-back but I wonder what will happen to Ryan Taylor. I sometimes think he’s worth having on the pitch just for his set pieces given that goals in open play haven’t been our speciality since Andy Carroll left. Or at least it seemed that way until Sammyobi scored that cracker last night. (more…)