Newcastle face fight for striker

Lille could scupper Toon Erding deal

June 20, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Newcastle United may face competition in the race to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Mevlut Erding after Lille chief Frederic Paquet hinted he is considering making a bid for the Turkey international.

Mevlut Erding
GettyImagesMevlut Erding: Magpies target

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The Magpies, who snapped up Rennes star Sylvain Marveaux on a free transfer over the weekend, have been closing in on Erding but now the France-born forward could have the option to remain in Ligue 1.

"Mevlut Erding is a player that we are following," Lilli general manager Frederic Paquet told Mercato365. "There is no contact, but we know about him. He's a great player."

Toon boss Alan Pardew is eager to make Erding, 24, his fourth signing of the summer, having already secured Marveaux, Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba, but said last week that there was still a way to go to complete the deal.

"Erding has always been on our radar - he's a very good player but that is all I will say at the moment," Pardew said. "We are working extremely hard to make deals happen and I'm pretty happy with how things have gone [in the transfer window] so far."

Newcastle's latest signing, Marveaux, will complete his move to St James' Park upon the expiry of his contract at the end of June and has agreed a five-year deal at St James' Park.

The left-sided midfielder had been widely expected to sign for Liverpool but it was reported on Friday that there had been problems with his medical.

Marveaux has been sidelined since November after sustaining a groin injury, but Newcastle are satisfied that it will not prove a long-term problem and Pardew is delighted to have won the race to sign the player.

Pardew said: "It's a great coup to have signed Sylvain, who has received interest from a number of other clubs. He may not be well known to many of our fans, but he is a real talent and a player we have been keeping an eye on for some time. It's been a good couple of days for us on the transfer front."