Pieters move looking likely but striking options remain glum

Posted on August 13th, 2011 | 12 Comments |

Erik Pieters is one step closer to joining Newcastle United
Likely move, I'd say
Erik Pieters is looking all the more likely to join Newcastle United after his recent comments but the hunt for a new striker is looking a bit glum just now.

It looks like PSV’s Erik Pieters is one step closer to becoming our new left-back as PSV boss Fred Rutten is almost conceding defeat in his attempts to keep the player at his club. Rutten said:

I would lie in the road to stop him leaving but I fear I cannot block his transfer to Newcastle.

He is a brilliant defender, but, if it is right for him and the club, I cannot say no.

Many press reports are saying that a £6m deal is in its closing stages and, whilst we might be without a first choice left-back for today’s visit from Arsenal, we should have one in time for the derby game next weekend.

The situation regarding a new striker is less clear, but to be fair we’ve only needed one since January so it’s a 7 month rush job in terms of recruitment.

One of our targets, Eren Derdiyok, has slammed the door in our face saying:

I did not realise they [Newcastle] were watching me, but it does not make any difference to how I feel about my future.

I have a contract with Bayer until 2013, and I am extremely happy with that.

I have no thoughts about leaving, because I have managed to force my way into the team at Bayer, and we now have a Champions League campaign to look forward to. I do not want to miss out on that after helping us to qualify.

Fair enough really.

As to the striker situation, rumours about interest in Keirrison, Erdinç and Ola Toivonen seems to have died down; West Brom snapped up Shane Long; Pavlyuchenko and Defoe would cost too much; Sturridge seems like a non-starter; Crouch is too old and is on £70k/week; and Lionel Messi just isn’t good enough for us. So unless we have plans to sabotage Stoke’s alleged £7.5m bid for Nicklas Bendtner, I’m not sure where we’re going.

Although the majority of rumours lean towards the Bendtner option at the moment, I really can’t see us topping Stoke’s bid and paying wages of £50k-£60k/week for temperamental striker with 33 goals in 140 league games.

It’s always possible that we’re chasing someone whose name hasn’t made it to the press speculation columns yet of course. That would perhaps be the most likely option at the moment.

For the moment though we’ll have to struggle along with Demba Ba and our strikers from last season.

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12 Responses

  1. Yup, we’re in the hole right now.

    Ameobi and Ba to start today. With all the talent behind them, can they score?

  2. Avatar john says: “Eren Derdiyok plays for Bayer leverkusen, think you may be getting tired”.

    Ta. I have a three-way confusion problem between PSG, PSV and Bayer. I wonder if there’s a support group for such problems.

  3. i have said from the very beginning that we would be associated with loads of strikers bot the outcome would still be the same!!! SHOLA AMEOBI signing a new contract is about all we could expect from these load of tight arses running our club!! its funny how pardew kept saying weve got loads of options as far as bringing in a striker and every now and then there would be a few days of certain players linked with us building up our hopes while all the time the ultimate goal of getting to the start of the season without buying anyone was suddenly here!!!! im just waiting for pardew to come out and say SHOLA could be massive for us this season and when he does you will know that they never had any intention of buying anyone!!!!!!!

  4. I think we should throw in a cheeky bid for messi i know it would be a big risk but i think this lad could do the job for us given the right coaching… worth a punt anyone?????

  5. Ben arfa will be used as our 2nd striker. We also have best, 2 x amiobis etc. As a whole I think we have a better squad than this time last year

  6. Still think we should sign Rondon, at 21 his wages can’t be that high. Been saying it for a while. He would be a brilliant signing.

  7. Scottie-I can see Ben Arfa playing very little football for us this season…..we will have a three pronged attack Shola,Best and Lovvenkrands…..prem defences will be shitting themselves trust me :lol:

  8. I wonder if Fred Rutten is related to Bas Rutten, if so I’d imagine if he’s anything like Bas, he would be able to block it.

  9. Chant at the match today – Where’s the money gone, sung to the tune Where’s your momma gone by Middle of the Road, you younger fans ask your mam & dad.