Why Newcastle should return to former target ‘the Turkish Tank’

Once a target for Alan Pardew, Mevlut Erding’s performances for Turkey and St Etienne should make the Premier League club sit up and pay attention.

With Newcastle United likely to be on the hunt for another striker this summer, the Magpies could be best served by returning to a former target in fine fettle.

Just over three years ago, Mevlut Erding looked all set to join the Premier League outfit.

Frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities at Paris Saint-Germain, the France-born Turkey international had appeared to be on his way out of the Parc des Princes.

Newcastle looked to be leading the chase for the striker too, with The Independent among those to report on a potential deal that would have seen Erding move to the North East club as part of a £7 million deal.

But, despite the Magpies reported interest, the deal failed to materialise, with Erding instead opting to move to fellow Ligue 1 outfit Rennes for €7.5 million.

After impressing in just over a season-and-a-half with the French side, the forward found himself on the move again with St Etienne recruiting the Turkey striker to the Verts' cause in a €4 million deal.

Something of a traditional target man who has proved highly effective in the air from set plays and crosses, Erding’s finishing abilities saw some dub the forward “the Turkish tank”.

A return of 19 goals in 58 games to date for St Etienne is impressive enough, but it’s on the international stage where Erding has most caught the eye, spearheading Turkey’s attack as the national side goes in search of a first major tournament appearance since Euro 2008.

Powerful yet also possessing a surprising turn of pace and skill, the 28-year-old forward could be exactly the kind of striker Newcastle are looking for.

Magpies fans need not look too far for an example of what Erding can offer either, with the burly striker scoring in spectacular style for Turkey in a friendly with Luxembourg this week.

A few more goals for both club and country and perhaps Newcastle could return to the 'Turkish Tank' to help them blast through a few more Premier League defences.

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