Newcastle United are reportedly interested in Nurnburg midfielder Patrick Erras but face competition from two other Bundesliga clubs ahead of the summer window – and Newcastle fans have reacted on Twitter.
German newspaper Bild have claimed that the 24-year-old is a target for Newcastle with Rafa Benitez expected to want a new central midfielder, if the club manage to keep the former Real Madrid manager.
The report claims Newcastle are not the only side interested in the German midfielder. Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Monchengladbach are also said to be interested, and are willing to pay more than £8.6million.
Erras has hardly had the impressive season that interest in his services would suggest. Indeed, he has only made 13 appearances for Nurnburg in a side struggling towards the bottom of the Bundesliga.
However, he has played every minute of the last five league games. Nurnburg sit in 17th place, one above bottom. It is a play-off place, meaning they would have to play the team that finishes second in the division below.
But they are four points behind 16th place, and relegation seems a real possibility. Leaving the club may be slightly easier for Erras, if indeed they do get relegated. He also has just over 12 months remaining on his contract.
Newcastle fans reacted on Twitter to the reported interest in Erras. Many are interested in the potential signing of Erras and are keen to see him come on board, while others are sceptical due to his lack of appearances’s this season.
Nice to see we're lining up replacements (hopefully) for when Diame and Hayden leave, if only we could find some cheap players for all positions to be linked with and never buy (ever the pessimist when it comes to our transfers sorry)
— Matthew (@WorAyoze) April 10, 2019
hopefully if he did join he would be good, but looking at transfermarkt it isn’t exactly a transfer to help push us to the next level
— Joe (@Futman11Jr) April 10, 2019
— The Geordie Boot Boy #NUFC (@BootGeordie) April 10, 2019
He’ll be at a knockdown price in the summer so we are interested? Is there something more to it than that?
— Steve Wallwork (@stevewallwork) April 10, 2019
Newcastle interested in signing defensive Erras?
Might as well bring Boumsong back!!! https://t.co/ExavdL7lOt
— Ben Spratt (@bensprattjourn) April 11, 2019
Fabian Schar didn't start for Deportivo last season that worked out OK for us
— Sean Casey (@caseysean51) April 10, 2019