'Turkish Tank’ Mevlut Erding once linked to Newcastle shows off finishing skills

Mevlut Erding was back among the goals for St Etienne with a goal that could have Newcastle returning to a former target this summer

Dubbed ‘The Turkish Tank’ by some quarters of the media, Mevlut Erding was once reportedly a target for Newcastle United and then-manager Alan Pardew.

Playing for Paris Saint-Germain at the time, the target man striker was linked with a £7 million St James’ Park switch, according to the Daily Mail, only for the Magpies' reported interest to come to nothing.

But fast forward a few years and the Toon could do worse than consider a fresh approach for the 28-year-old goalscorer.

Previously with Rennes and fellow French side Sochaux, the Turkey international would undoubtedly relish the opportunity to play in the Premier League.

To date, Erding has scored 21 goals in 65 league appearances for St Etienne, but could be capable of scoring even more in England.

A Newcastle switch could also offer the easiest transition, with the Magpies already boasting plenty in the way of French-speaking talent.

Erding certainly knows where the goal is and demonstrated as much this weekend during a 5-0 victory over Nice.

Yet any potential Toon approach for the forward could yet be hindered if St Etienne continue their fine recent form.

The team affectionately known as ASSE are now just two points off third and a possible place in next season’s Champions League.

Marseille and Monaco both currently sit two points above them in the standings with two games to play but, should those two teams suffer any kind of setback in the meantime, then Christophe Galtier’s side could be ready to capitalise.

Newcastle, meanwhile, remain dangerously close to the Premier League drop zone, with Saturday’s 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion keeping them two points off the bottom three.

It’s certainly shaping up to be an interesting couple of weeks for St Etienne, Newcastle and Erding.

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