After the news broke that Kevin Gameiro had signed for PSG, speculation was rife over the future of Mevlut Erding, who had a disappointing 2010-11 (hitting the net only 9 times in 34 appearances) and plays a similar role to the former Lorient man.
Newcastle, who have been linked to seemingly every notable Ligue 1 player in the last few weeks, have thus far failed in their pursuits of France-based attackers, having been turned down by Gameiro and Gervinho in favor of other moves. However, all this may change quite soon, as Erding, whose failure to maintain his prolific Ligue 1 strike rate has made him increasingly unpopular with PSG fans, will most likely not be an asset new PSG owners the Qatar Investment Authority want to maintain.
Erding will no longer be a starter if kept on, as Guillaume Hoarau and Kevin Gameiro would be favored in the attacking pecking order. Having quality on the bench can be excellent, but not when it comes with Erding’s salary. Peguy Luyindula, Jean-Eudes Maurice, and Jena-Christophe Bahebeck already provide backup in the forward position, and PSG are likely to strengthen further, linked with outlandish names like Dimitar Berbatov, Samuel Eto’o, and Diego Forlan, in addition to the more likely Park Chu-Young. Basically, there is no good reason for Erding to stay.
Since his surplicity to requirements has been established, one must examine Newcastle’s interest. This quote from manager Alan Pardew sums up the situation nicely:
“Erding 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.”
As to financial remunerations, the price that has been quoted as 11 million euros. As a PSG fan of sorts I like that price, for several reasons. First, it’s 2 million euros more than we paid for him, meaning we make a profit off of his time at the club, and second, it’s the same fee we paid for Gameiro, meaning we will have improved our squad without spending any net cash. Good business from PSG.Follow @ThomasLigue1
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