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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