Holland and PSV Eindhoven left-back Erik Pieters is interested in a move to Newcastle this summer reports in The Mirror suggest. The 23 year old was a target for the North-East club last season after the departure of Jose Enrique and despite the players interest the deal never materialised and Davide Santon was signed instead.
Now it seems as though his agent Piet van der Pol is stoking the rumour again. He recently told the Newcastle Journal:
“Newcastle United is a fantastic club and I know that Erik follows them because of his friendship with Tim Krul.”
“If they come in for Erik of course he will be interested in talking to them, but right now the main thing that he is focused on is getting fit for Euro 2012. Newcastle have done tremendously this season and I know that there are a lot of players who would like to join them.”
Of course there will be a clamber of players wanting to join Alan Pardew’s men next season, especially if they hold onto there current crop of star players and qualify for the Champions League next season. But would Newcastle be interested in Pieters?
It is true that current left-back Davide Santon has excelled this season. And let us not forget that the Magpies also have Ryan Taylor and Shane Ferguson who can also do a job there. However Santon is naturally a right-back but plays in at left-back currently for Pardew.
If Pieters did arrive he could be moved back to his right-back position and Pieters could go in as left-back. Pieters also has the ability to play centre half which would give Newcastle extra options, especially with regard to any injuries next term.
The fact that Pieters’ agent seems to be fuelling the rumour mill however means very little. The Mirror aricle actually outlines no formal approach has been made as yet.
This could be just wishful thinking by Pieters and his agent. According to the article the reason the deal fell through last season was due to delays. However maybe the true reason was that Santon was just better, even out of position or better value for money. Surely if Newcastle were that interested they wouldn’t have given up on the Dutchman.
Whatever the truth, I would suggest that if Pardew was interested in signing the versatile left-back then he should do so before the Euros if possible. After all one would expect that valuations for players performing well in the competition are only going to go one way.
Obviously assuming the left-back is good enough to impress, maybe the fact he is initiating a move beforehand indicates otherwise.