The Northern Echo is reporting that Paris Saint-Germain striker Mevlut Erdinc could be used as bait in a transfer deal for Lille's Eden Hazard, putting a hitch in Newcastle’s plans to sign Erdinc.
Newcastle were tabling a £6 million offer for Erdinc, but with Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs targeting Hazard, PSG are hoping to use Erdinc to edge ahead of the English giants in their pursuit of Erdinc.
While Newcastle were thought to have the funds to pay top dollar for Erdinc, PSG, who are now owned by the Qatar Investment Authority, will be looking down the barrel of a £30 million deal for Hazard, and feel they need Erdinc to contribute to getting the star’s signature.
Erdinc is seen as part of a replacement plan for former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll, who moved to Liverpool in January for a record £35 million fee for the club.
Demba Ba is also ready to form a new up front formation for the Toon, and Pardew was hopeful that with the £6 million price for Erdinc, he could still have some left over money from Liverpool's £35 million to continue purchasing players.
But should Erdinc move to Lille in exchange for Erdinc, Newcastle will find themselves having to reassess their transfer movements.