United want £7m ‘Turkish Tank’


Newcastle United are chasing Paris Saint-Germain striker Mevlut Erding to help share the Toon’s goalscoring burden, according to the Daily Mail.


Alan Pardew was apparently chasing the 24-year-old throughout the summer, but Erding was convinced to stay in Paris and fight for his place.


It now appears the Turkish-French forward has lost patience with the nouveau-riche Ligue 1 side and is willing to leave for regular first-team football, with Newcastle ready to swoop for him.


Known as ‘The Turkish Tank’, Erding started his career with Sochaux before moving to the French capital in 2009 after his goals helped save his first club from Ligue 1.


His first season in Paris was a great success and Erding finished the campaign as top scorer with a tally of 19 goals.


However, injury hampered his next season and once the club was bought by Qatar Investment Group, a number of high profile arrivals have kept him out of the team.


With him reportedly ready to leave the Ligue 1 side, Pardew is set to renew his interest after missing out on current Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga.


Maiga was all set to make a £7 million move to the Sports Direct Arena, only to see the deal collapse after a failed medical.


The Toon boss is desperate to add another striker to take up Demba Ba’s mantle while the Senegalese goal-machine is away on Africa Cup of Nations duty.


It is thought a deal for Erding could be done if a fee similar to that agreed for Maiga was offered.

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