St James’ Park boss wants Belgian international.
Newcastle United boss is reportedly keen on PSV Eindhoven attacker Dries Mertens and may attempt a move to sign the Belgian international in January.
The pint sized 24 year old only moved to the Eredivisie side in June but has had an immediate impact, notching up an incredible 11 goals in seven league matches, scoring two hat-tricks in the first month of the season. The Magpies boss has sent scouts to monitor the 5ft 5in attacker, who works predominantly as a winger but can also be used as a second striker.
Alan Pardew will look to persuade owner Mike Ashley to finance a bid for the £10m rated Mertens, hoping to use the club’s great start to the season as leverage as the St James’ Park side look to keep up their early season form and set their sights on qualification for European competition next term.
Pardew is hoping to add more creativity to his side and believe the fleet footed speed merchant could be an ideal player to have on hand to play on either wing or to offer as an option up front such is the adaptability of the PSV Eindhoven man.
Currently the Newcastle United manager has the likes of Gabriel Obertan and Hatem Ben Arfa to offer assistance to consistent Argentine Jonas Gutierrez, however both the former Man United and Marseille men have a history of injury issues. Similarly though Pardew has seen Leon Best and Demba Ba link up well up front he doesn’t have a great deal of quality back up strikers on hand.
Mike Ashley may feel inclined open the purse strings given that the club has made around £25m net from transfer sales over the past two seasons and Pardew may demand money for new additions as a sign of good faith after Newcastle United’s terrific start to the campaign.