Newcastle dealt a transfer blow

Newcastle United have been dealt a blow in the transfer market with top target Melvut Erdinc set to remain at PSG, according to Sky Sports.

Erdinc was top of Alan Pardew’s hit list with the Magpies boss identifying the Turkish striker as the man to replace Andy Carroll.

A deal for the player has already broken down once but Pardew refused to admit defeat in the chase for him.

He may be forced to switch to plan B after Erdinc stated his happiness in the French capital and willingness to fight for his place at the Parc de Princes.

The striker played the full 90 minutes against New York Red Bulls in the Emirates Cup and boss Antoine Kombouare insists he’s still part of his plans.

He told Sky Sports: “He’s playing in the team, he’s out there on the pitch, he’s a part of my team.”

Erdinc’s agent Pierre Frelot also dismissed any move to Tyneside stating that his client didn’t want to talk to Newcastle.

Mevlut was in England only to play in the tournament,” Frelot said.

“He has not had discussions with Newcastle and he will not have discussions with Newcastle this weekend.”

Where Pardew goes from here is a mystery with less than a month left of the transfer window and no incomings on the horizon at St James’ Park.