Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mevl't in Snub to Newcastle; Turkish Striker's Staying Put

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mevl't in Snub to Newcastle; Turkish Striker's Staying Put

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NEWCASTLE United's interest in Turkey striker Mevlt Erdin is over, writes MARK DOUGLAS. The club are ready to move on to new targets after the Paris Saint Germain forward told United yesterday he would not be joining them. Newcastle had lodged a pounds 7million bid with the French club on Tuesday which was being considered, but the player's decision appears to have forced their hand.

Although Newcastle boss Alan Pardew had been hoping the striker would have a change of heart, the club are now reluctantly moving onto another Continental-based striker.

Erdin's agent Pierre Frelot confirmed to The Journal yesterday: "He will not be going to Newcastle. The player decided not to move and he is staying in Paris for next season."

Although United made quick progress in the transfer market after the season ended, Erdin's decision to stay in the French capital is a second blow in Newcastle's chase for a forward to play off new target man Demba Ba.

They missed out on priority target Kevin Gameiro, who joined PSG, and despite initial enthusiasm for a move to Newcastle, Erdin has also decided to stay in Ligue 1. Shane Long has many admirers inside St James' Park but it appears as if a foreign-based target is now their priority.

That is not to say that they may not return to Long, who has been extensively scouted by assistant boss John Carver over the last six months. scout telling The Journal that he is potentially the best forward the country has produced for a generation. Although a figure of pounds 10million has been widely reported, sources in Berkshire have indicated that nearer pounds 5m would be enough to sign the promising hitman. United remain calm in their hunt for new recruits, but progress in the market has slowed over the past fortnight. And it appears as if Charles N'Zogbia - a target for both Newcastle and Sunderland over the past six months - is heading for Aston Villa after initial discussions between the Villans and the French winger's agent took place. …

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