NUFC Transfer Rumours (Dutch Special)
After the abandoned Fiorentina game last weekend, Alan Pardew and co. have begun their plans for the inevitable summer deadline bidding frenzy.
Having secured the signing of Gabriel Obertan from Manchester United yesterday, NUFC’s summer recruitment drive has started to pick up pace again, having slowed of late. With all the doom and gloom surrounding the club recently, things are in danger of looking up – at least on the transfer front.
A handful of targets have been linked with a switch to Tyneside overnight, with reports suggesting Alan Pardew and head scout Graham Carr were in attendance at a Dutch League opener recently to run the rule over some potential NUFC transfer targets.
Newcastle United begin their Premier League season against Arsenal next Saturday, the quesiton to ask now is, will any of the rumours linking players with NUFC turn into reality? Below are a selection of the Dutch League players whose names have been mentioned in relation to Newcastle United.
Caps: 7 caps for Serbia, 19 caps for Serbia U21 (6 Goals)
Alan Pardew’s interest in the Serbian became apparent to the media in June this year, with various sources claiming that Pardew and NUFC were interested in signing the young Ajax forward.
It was reported that Alan Pardew and Graham Carr were in attendance to watch Sulejmani strike twice as league holders Ajax came from behind to beat De Graafschap 4-1 on Sunday on the opening weekend of the Dutch League.
Ajax paid €16.25 million to Heerenveen in 2008, breaking the Dutch transfer-record to obtain the services of Sulejmani but with Ajax facing money problems, a reasonable bid could tempt Ajax to cash in.
Highly rated by the Dutch media, he has scored 44 goals in 157 career appearances and at the age of 22, he clearly has many more years and goals in him. Miralem Sulejmani is certainly tipped as a hot prospect for the future.
Signing possibility: 7/10
Position: Left Back
Caps: 10 caps for the Netherlands
With Newcastle left back Jose Enrique rumoured to be on the way out of the door (for Liverpool), Alan Pardew has stepped up the chase for a new left back by personally watching PSV defender Erik Pieters according to the mail:
Newcastle boss Pardew flew out to watch Pieters, 22, play for PSV Eindhoven in their 3-1 defeat at AZ Alkmaar.
Pardew wanted to check on Pieters’ fitness as he recovers from a pre-season knee injury. He came off the bench to play the second half in PSV’s defeat.
Pardew also took the chance to watch PSV striker Ola Toivonen.
With 75 solid performances in place at PSV, complemented by ten 1st team national appearances for the Netherlands, Pieters has gained much experience and would be a very strong contender to fill Jose Enrique’s boots. And at the age of 23, he is likley to continue improving with age.
If reports of NUFC’s presence in Holland is true, interest from the Toon is clear. If Enrique does leave, I wouldn’t be suprised if Erik Pieters made the switch to Newcastle United.
Signing Posibility: 7.50/10
Player Footage: There are a few videos out ther of Erik Pieters but we found this short clip of Pieters skinning Luis Figo which we thought we’d share.
Caps: 13 caps for Sweden (2 goals), 20 caps for Sweden U21 (10 Goals)
As mentioned earlier, it has been widely reported that Alan Pardew was present at the PSV vs AZ Alkmar game to watch Erik Pieters and his teammate Ola Toivonen.
Away from the rumours, stats and figures. Before today, my own personal knowledge of Ola Toivonen was based purely on his skills in the world of computer games, based on these stats, Ola Toivonen would be a dream signing. Toivonen is also a name that many Premeir League followers may have heard of, with his past Champions league experience.
His goalscoring record at PSV also highlights his quality with 34 goals in 75 games.
I would love to see Ola Tovoinen in a black and white shirt, not only because of his ability but also because he is the kind of player who’ll work hard and give the fans a lift.
Signing possibilty: 6/10 , he is a key PSV player and could be hard to lure away.
Player Footage: This video says it all, Ashley, sign him up!
As fans, all we can do is support the squad, whoever is part of it. We all continue to hope that Mike Ashley will spend that little bit of money (or even that £35 million) on players to effectively secure us a place in the Premie League next season. If we sign a striker and a left back (if Enrique leaves), we are in a better position than we were last season.
Let’s lose the gloom and enjoy NUFC for what it is, our passion. HOWAY THE LADS!
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