Patrick Erras has told German newspaper Bild that he has received an approach from a Premier League club amid reported interest from Newcastle United – but has stated he will give first preference to Nurnburg.
The 24-year-old midfielder has struggled for game time at the Bundesliga club this season. He was ostracised during the first half of the season, but has begun to show his class in recent matches.
Indeed, Erras has played every single minute of Nurnburg’s last five league games. He has helped Nurnburg pick up four points in their last two matches, as they look to avoid finishing in the bottom two places.
Asked about his future, Erras told Bild that you can draw your own conclusion from his contract ending in 2020. He also confirmed that his agent had been approached by clubs, but he will listen to Nurnburg first.
“My contract expires in 2020, of course you make your thoughts there. I can confirm that clubs from the Premier League and the Bundesliga have already approached my agent. But my first contact will always be the club,” Erras said.
Newcastle desperately need a central midfielder. Isaac Hayden has reiterated his desire to move south with his family, while Mo Diame’s contract expires at the end of the season.
Jonjo Shelvey’s future at the club is in doubt and Ki Sung-yueng has hardly featured. A new central midfielder is likely to be at the top of Rafa Benitez’s agenda – if the Spanish boss remains in charge.
But with Bayer Leverkusen and Stuttgart willing to pay upto £8.6million, is Erras worth it? Just 13 appearances this season suggests not.