With the derby fast approaching and Newcastle still on the search for a left back it seems that NUFC are working fast to secure Erik Pieters before Saturday. With reports earlier today claiming that NUFC have been told to stump up £7m for Aly Cissokho, it may be possible that we’re planning two options, that doesn’t sound like NUFC to me though.
Anyway, back to the news about Pieters, Newcastle have been told they need to stump up £6 million in transfer fees for the Dutch international left back which seems a fair price in my opinion, and I’d expect us to pay it as we just received a sum of around £5.5 million for Jose Enrique, so I doubt that’ll be a problem.
Another potential factor which could scupper any deal is what kind of wages Pieters is expecting to get for playing for us. Well, that’s something else which sounds reasonable, the Chronicle is reporting that the left back’s wage demands are around £30,000 per week, which is less than what Jose Enrique was being paid, so yet again it shouldn’t be a problem.
Both of them factors combined with the fact that Erik Pieters is supposedly keen to move to Newcastle makes me think that this deal is a deal which should be completed, and a deal that should be completed soon. Barring no funny business from Ashley – wages wise – and Pieters agent – agents fee wise – this deal should be a simple deal to conclude.
It is reported in Holland that we’re locked in on-going negotiations with PSV technical director Marcel Brands, hopefully someone with a bit of sense is communicating with him, and not Derek Llambias.
Erik Pieters has told friends that he is keen on a move to Newcastle United, but the two teams need to agree a fee first and Pieters is waiting on developments. Pieters played at the weekend for PSV and spent yesterday at his grandma’s funeral but has asked to be kept in the loop by his agent.
If Erik Pieters does sign for Newcastle which seems increasingly likely he shouldn’t find it too difficult to fit in, and settle on Tyneside as he’s a good friend of fellow Dutch international Tim Krul.
‘Erik is my friend since we played together at the World Championships in Peru in 2005. From then we have always kept in touch, regularly send text messages and if possible we get together.’
Tim Krul spoke out about the possibility of signing Erik in the Dutch newspaper “De Telegraaf” a while ago and said that Alan Pardew had seen him play himself, so he seems like he’s been a well-researched target which is good to see. It’s just a shame that even though we’d identified him we couldn’t have brought him in earlier.
I feel that Erik will be a good signing personally, I feared for the worst when we sold Jose Enrique and thought we may return to Swansea and pay a few million for Taylor and have him as our first choice, but if this comes off the club have done well, and replaced one of our good players with another good player, which they’re criticised about.
With only four days to go to have Pieters signed and registered for Saturday will we do it? I think we will, just. I think the deal will be concluded on Friday leaving everybody massively relieved after a full day’s worth of panic, a striker before Saturday? That I’m not so sure will happen.
Is Pieters a suitable replacement for Jose Enrique?