Top Toon target closing on St James' switch - reports

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Newcastle striker target Mevlut Erding is close to completing a move to the club, according to reports.

The Turkish international forward has been courted by Magpies boss Alan Pardew all summer, with the former West Ham boss confirming the 24-year-old is on the club's radar. TalkSPORT claims the player is the club's number one target.

"Erding has always been on our radar - he's a very good player but that is all I will say at the moment," said the Toon manager.

"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."

Reports in France now claim Newcastle United are winning the race to land the PSG player, going on to state that a deal could even be finalised within the next few days.

The report comes just a day after Erding's agent, Pierre Frelot, told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle that his Ligue 1 clients would love the chance to play at St James' Park.


"Any player in France would love to come to Newcastle United - they are an absolutely fantastic club," he told the paper.

"All the French lads who go to Newcastle are really enthusiastic about the club and the football public in the North East too.

"Newcastle United has a place in the hearts of French football. Great players like Laurent Robert and David Ginola have played there and enjoyed it and the supporters loved them too. Of course any French player would be interested."

Erding would join Demba Ba as striker signings for Pardew this summer, with the Magpies looking to strengthen in the position following the exit of Andy Carroll in January.

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