Why Gregory van der Wiel snubbed Newcastle United for Paris Saint-Germain three years ago

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Newcastle United are reportedly interested in Paris Saint-Germain defender Gregory van der Wiel.

Newcastle United are interested in signing Gregory van der Wiel from Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season, according to talkSPORT.

Last week talkSPORT reported that the Premier League outfit have “received a boost in their pursuit” of the right-back, and quoted his agent Mino Raiola as saying that an agreement over a new contract with PSG has not been reached yet.

The 27-year-old, who joined the French champions from Ajax in the summer of 2012, is out of contract in the summer of 2016.

Newcastle will need defensive reinforcements for next season, and it seems that they want to bring in yet another player from Ligue 1.

However, this is not the first time that the Magpies have been linked with a move for Van der Wiel. Newcastle showed interest in the Netherlands international back in 2012.

At the time, the Dutchman was rated as one of the more promising right-backs in Europe, and he eventually decided to move to PSG.

Reflecting on his decision to snub Newcastle for PSG, Van der Wiel told Sky Sports in March 2013: "I love it in Paris.

"I had the chance to go to Newcastle but I didn't want to live in a place like that. I prefer Paris - everything is trendy and alive.”

Van der Wiel still remains a very good right-back and has been important in PSG’s Ligue 1 triumphs in 2013 and 2014, and one wonders if he will move to Newcastle in the summer.

Newcastle are pretty much an also-ran in the Premier League and set for a mid-table finish this season.

The Magpies do not have the ambition - at least not overtly - to challenge the top clubs in England and compete for European places or cup competitions.

Having won trophies at PSG, one wonders if Van der Wiel would want to move to Newcastle and take a step down in his career at the age of 27.

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