It would appear that Newcastle and Paris Saint-Germain have finally agreed a fee for Turkish striker Mevlüt Erdinç if reports in the Sunday press are to be believed.
The fee is said to be £6.5 million which is less that what previously speculated bids had been for.
Negotiations have been going on between the clubs for weeks now but with no end in sight it had appeared that a deal would be hard to conclude. However, if true, the sign of an agreement will hopefully signal the beginning of the end of this transfer saga, with the end being that Erdinç ends up at St James’ Park for the start of the new season.
There have been many rumours over why the deal has taken so long to get anywhere. From a change of management at the Paris club, to the player not wanting to come, to agent interference, to the alleged presence of a loyalty bonus payable in August placing a spanner in the works, we’ve pretty much heard it all.
I won’t go into too much detail about the player as, quite simply, we’ve all talked about him often enough over the summer, looked at his stats, his videos, and so on, so it seems kind of pointless doing it again.
What I will say is that if we can pull it off then we will have improved our front line with the signing of the 24-year-old as he looks as though he can finish, has a bit of pace, and a trick or two. Plus he seems to be highly rated by Graham Carr, and to be fair he hasn’t really let us down yet has he?
However a word of caution if I may? Remember what day it is? Yes, that’s right – Sunday. Because of that I’ll be taking this with liberal sprinklings of salt and will wait to see if anything concrete develops before getting too excited about it.
If true though, it would be a good move in my opinion.