NEWCASTLE United have bid for Paris-Saint Germain striker Mevlüt Erdinç for the second time as they react quickly to the disappointment of missing out on Kevin Gameiro.
Gameiro’s decision to reject a move to United in favour of staying in France with PSG has opened up an alternative route for manager Alan Pardew in his search for new strikers, and Erdinç is his new target.
With the club’s interest in Ivory Coast international Gervinho cooling, Erdinç has moved up their wanted list, particularly as PSG will almost certainly have to sell to finance their £10m move for Gameiro.
The glamour club of Ligue 1 have qualified for the Europa League for next season – something which counted against the Magpies – but they do not really have the sort of financial muscle to keep hold of Erdinç after spending so much on another centre-forward.
Pardew said: “Erdinç has always been on our radar.
“He’s a very good player and that is all I will say at the moment.
“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 and we have always had other people in mind, deals we have been trying to keep to ourselves for obvious reasons.
“We are working extremely hard to make those deals happen and I’m pretty happy with how things have gone so far. We should have another signing finished in the next few days, and we will able to confirm that one as well.”
Newcastle first bid for Erdinç on their return to the Premier League when Chris Hughton was manager last summer, but were unable to tempt PSG to sell the France-born Turkish international. The 24-year-old, though, has been watched regularly by United scouts since then and Pardew has also liked what he has seen of the striker, who is best playing alongside a target man.
Although he is not a prolific goalscorer, with one goal in 13 appearances for Turkey, he is quick and busy and Newcastle feel his style of play is well suited to the Premier League.
Pardew would like to pair him with West Ham striker Demba Ba next season, although Newcastle know they face competition for the Senegal international.
Nevertheless, the 26-year-old is very much in their sights and Pardew will also hope to be able to confirm his arrival before the start of pre-season training in July.
He said: “Demba Ba has done very well since he came to England and he’s a good player. I’m very much aware of him and I probably know what he is capable of more than most because I’ve known about him for a while, before he went to West Ham.
“We’re not the only club who are interested, but we are trying. There is always competition and we will keep plugging away.”
The United manager will still look to sign at least another two players before the close of the window, even if Erdinç and Ba join Yohan Cabaye on Tyneside in the coming weeks.
Pardew added: “If we can get him and another two in before the end of next week I’ll still be looking for another two new faces to join us before the start of the season.
“To get a player like Yohan Cabaye in so early has been a big bonus. Not many clubs have managed that sort of business yet so I’m very happy with that.”