Dutch international ‘keen’ to join NUFC in January – but Mike Ashley is not convinced – Report

According to the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder, summer target Erik Pieters is now keen to make a January move to Newcastle – however it’s feared that Rafa Benitez may struggle to convince the board to sign the 30-year-old left-back.

It was reported on deadline day (over the summer) that we had a £2m bid rejected for the Stoke City defender, and it seems he is one of many left-back’s Benitez is considering ahead of the January window – however he does not fit into Ashley’s strict transfer profile.

A loan move for young PSG defender Stanley N’Soki is also mentioned in the report – something that would no doubt appeal more to Ashley – however Pieters is a player with Premier League experience.

Here’s what the Chronicle have had to say about the Dutchman during a report discussing our plans to sign a left-back in the new year:

‘Erik Pieters, currently plying his trade for Stoke City in the Championship, is thought to be open to a move to Tyneside.

‘But with the former PSV Eindhoven star now in his 30s, Benitez may face a fight to convince his board to part with a big fee for his services.’

Pieters would ‘do a job’, with him also being a left-back quiet similar to Dummett in terms of size and style of play, however I would argue that we need a more attacking alternative.



Whilst Dummett does a brilliant job of protecting us defensively down that side, he is anything but a modern day full-back in the way he gets forward and supports Kenedy.

With this in mind, a loan move for PSG’s more attack minded Stanley N’Soki could give us a slightly different option – and a player that may suit both Ashley and Benitez.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

2 thoughts on “Dutch international ‘keen’ to join NUFC in January – but Mike Ashley is not convinced – Report

  1. Scuse me but what the hell is Ashley interfearing for.
    Hes on record as “having no idea about football” so whats it got to do with him who Rafa wants to spend money on.
    God, the sooner this idiot is gone the better.
    FATBASTADOOT. HWTL.

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  2. We tried to sign him a few years ago only 30 plenty of experience do a good job for a couple of years big strong probably only 2 or 3 mill sign him up and let the manger get on with his

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