Paris St Germain star Mevlut Erdinc has been told by Alan Pardew to make up his mind over his future, and be ready for a bigger club if he makes a £7 million move to St James’ Park.
“I’m not being disrespectful and I know that Paris Saint Germain are in the Champions League but with our stadium, our support and the squad we’ve got, we’re the bigger club,” Pardew said of Erdinc's club.
“We have to be careful. Some of the things being quoted are not from him and we’ve got to cut through it. It’s difficult to criticise the player because sometimes it’s the agent or someone else not getting what he wants.
“But we won’t bring him to the club if he doesn’t want to be here. We’re not certainly going to force his hand.”
Erdinc, who has been valued by the Daily Mirror at £7 million, is still deciding whether to stay in France or make the move to northern England.
While the striker has been first choice for the French outfit in the past, with new Middle Eastern owners Paris Saint Germain have signed some big names including Kevin Gameiro, leaving Erdinc as a possible third choice for the striker position.
And Pardew believes that while Erdinc’s manager has said the star isn’t leaving Paris Saint Germain, Newcastle are in fact a bigger club and if Erdinc won’t make the move he obviously shouldn't be there anyway.
“It’s quite easy for me. If the boy wants to stay at his club and be third choice and doesn’t want to come to Newcastle then I don’t want him – because Newcastle, for me, are a bigger club,” Pardew said.