Newcastle United and Paris Saint-Germain have agreed a £7m fee for Turkish striker Mevlut Erdinc but it unsure whether the player will agree to leave France.
PSG have been the talk of the tabloids recently following the investment from the Qatar Investment Authority and the French club have been linked with the likes of Adel Taarabt and Javier Pastore.
Meanwhile Newcastle have let their captain Kevin Nolan move to West Ham United and are struggling to keep hold of Jose Enrique, Jona Gutierrez and Alan Smith.
With all that in mind it’s easy to understand why Erdinc – a man who scored nine goals in 34 appearances for the club last season – is eager to remain at the French club.
Having moved to PSG from Ligue 1 side Sochaux for £8m in the summer of 2009, PSG are willing to take a £1m hit on Erdinc despite the Turkish forward scoring 28 goals in 70 appearances for the club.
It may be because Erdinc hasn’t lived up to the expectations of his first season in which he managed to net 19 times in 36 games, and sporting director of PSG Leonardo will be keen to add plenty of attacking flair to the squad with his new found riches.
Newcastle have sent a delegation out to Paris to talk with Erdnic while Alan Pardew and his squad are in the United States on a pre-season tour, but with Erdnic prepared to stay at PSG you would think that Pardew will have a big role to play in the negotiations.
Plenty of players inside the Newcastle squad have already voiced their displeasure at the direction the club has taken in this transfer window, Enrique is the latest with his comments today, but this move may reassure some of the higher profile names in the squad.
Pardew faces a tough second season with Newcastle and at 6/1 to be relegated Newcastle look a big price.