While Gregory Van Der Wiel has carved out a solid career in the European game, winning 12 trophies with Paris Saint Germain and earning almost a half-century of caps for The Netherlands, the athletic right-back never quite fulfilled his vast potential.
And only now, at the age of 29, a long-awaited move to the Premier League appears to beckon. Sporx claim that Hull City travelled to Turkey at the weekend to watch Van Der Wiel in action for Fenerbache in their 3-1 win against Akhisar Belediyespor.
The Dutchman was frozen out of the side earlier in the season for disciplinary issues and, despite returning to the first-team fold since the turn of the year, it would be no surprise if Fenerbache were to cut their losses after just one season.
Though Hull’s hopes of landing the former Ajax youngster will likely depend on whether they can retain their place in the top flight. The Sun claimed in January that manager Marco Silva had identified the experienced Van Der Wiel as an ideal target but, if he becomes available in the summer, Newcastle United could do worse than to renew their own reported interest.
The Magpies have been linked for a number of years and, as recently as 2015, TalkSPORT claimed they were attempting to lure him from PSG. And with Newcastle’s options at right-back likely to be reduced in the summer, they have never had a better chance to get their man.
Vurnon Anita is out of contract at the end of the season and unlikely to be given a new deal while former Atletico right-back Jesus Gamez (below) faces an uncertain future after an injury-stricken debut season.
And although owner Mike Ashley traditionally prefers to sign players under the age of 26, manager Rafael Benitez should attempt to twist his arm. After all, Newcastle need to add quality and experience to their squad ahead of their Premier League return and Van Der Wiel is hardly short in either department.