According to The Chronicle, Rafa Benitez could reignite his interest in Stoke City left-back Erik Pieters – with them claiming that the Dutch international would most likely ‘jump at the chance’ to join Newcastle in January.
The piece also mentions the likes of Leighton Baines, Nicolas Tagliagico and Matt Targett – with Rafa clearly keen to sign competition for Paul Dummett in January, however the link to Pieters is an interesting one after Benitez’s attempt to sign him on deadline day.
Pieters was first linked with Newcastle way back in 2014 and was highly rated by former Chief Scout Graham Carr during his time at PSV.
Here is a piece from the Chronicle article:
‘The Stoke City left-back was one of the options Benitez identified during the summer transfer window.
‘Benitez tried to sign Pieters on transfer deadline day but the deal ‘hit a brick wall’ according to sources in Holland.
‘The Dutch international remains a Stoke player but with the Potters languishing in mid-table in the Championship, he would likely jump at the chance at rejoining a Premier League club.’
I have no doubt he would jump at the chance to ply his trade in the top flight again but it isn’t the exciting attacking left back we need.
Pieters does have Premier League experience but offers no upgrade to Dummett and actually has a similar, solid style.
Better than Manquillo for sure but it would be yet another bargain option under the Ashley era?
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