Newcastle United set to sign Mevlut Erding in the next few days?

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Mevlut Erding in action for PSG

Erding - Expected to sign in the coming week or so for a fee in the region of £8m

It seems as if our failure with Kevin Gameiro and likely end of interest in Lille’s Gervinho has brought Alan Pardew onto his next target: Paris Saint-Germain striker Mevlut Erding. Of course if you remember correctly we were after this guy back in August 2010 and had a £5m rejected with Chris Hughton in charge. It’s funny to see how we maintain the same targets no matter what manager we have. First it was Gervinho and now Erding, two players that were high up the shortlist of our former manager Chrissy Hughton and seemingly even higher up the list of the current boss Alan Pardew. I’ve watched both of those players this season and to be fair; they’ve both had good seasons at their respective clubs. Erding fell just short of double figures for the season, and indeed just short of Champions League football next season.

The reality with Gervinho is that we’re not going to sign him. Apparent interest from Arsenal has him holding out for an offer from Wenger’s side, although there were strong reports that a deal has been agreed between NUFC and the Ivory Coast international - and not just from Twitter. However if reports are to be believed, the Newcastle hierarchy weren’t very impressed with his attitude and have stalled any potential deal, or even further: have cut negotiations altogether.

I would have been excited at the prospect of gervinho on Tyneside but I’m not entirely disappointed if we do miss out on him and he is unproven in English football. With that said, only players who want to play for the club are welcome at St. James’ - like our new-boy Yohan Cabaye.

Alan Pardew has expressed an interest in Erding officially saying that:

‘Erding has always been on our radar. He’s a very good player and that is all I will say at the moment’

Also commenting on Gameiro, he admitted his disappointed in failing to land the French starlet:

‘We had a bit of a disappointment with Kevin Gameiro as he has decided to go elsewhere. We made a fantastic offer to the club and to him but these things happen. We tried very hard on that one, but we always knew there would be setbacks along the way’

Gameiro would have been a real coup but his convenient move to Paris, and to PSG more than likely signals an exit for our other target Mevlut Erding. It is widely expected that Gameiro’s signing will pave the way for the Turkish striker to leave - and reports in France strongly indicate that it will be to St.James’ Park.

Of course Sunderland are also rumoured to be trying to snatch him from under the nose of Alan Pardew but I think he’d choose NUFC, although former PSG man Stéphane Sessègnon could be a little cheeky and convince him to join Steve Bruce’s side. Small chance of that, but a chance all the same!

Alongside the ineviatable signing of Demba Ba - our strike force is looking somewhat better than it was at the end of the season.

Comments welcome as always 🙂

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NUFClad: ⏱ 14/06/2011

I think Erding can do the job, yeah he had a few problems with confidence last season, but to catch carr's eye he must be a quality player and with nolan, ben arfa etc. who can score goals, just wont be soo much pressure on the guy to get 20+ goals / the lions share of our goals as our midfield will be more than capable of chipping in 

Dan: ⏱ 15/06/2011

Seems a good player. Hopefully we can snatch Erding, Ba, Gardner, and Zog... Seen as though Nolan has decided (or has been forced) to go to West Ham. Lost the core of the team but I'm sure we can rebuild a strong midfield nevertheless.

Roger Kint (Guest): ⏱ 20/06/2011

NO CAPITAL OUTLAY! Enrique and maybe Barton will move on and the money for those 2 will buy several more bargain basement players. Ashley will conveniently forget to spend the Andy Carroll money and the club source will again remind us  of the clubs "dire financial situation", how "there wouldn't be a football club without Mike" and "Mike hasn't taken a penny out of this club". Nothing has or will change with these tossers at the helm of the club. Forget this at your peril.

Speights75: ⏱ 06/07/2011

he is staying put in gay pari