Erik Pieters on verge of Newcastle switch

Erik Pieters has confirmed he may have made his last appearance for PSV Eindhoven as he closes in on a move to Newcastle.

Reports in England suggest Pieters is due in the north-east today to discuss a move to St James' Park after Newcastle agreed a fee with PSV following weeks of negotiations.

And Pieters admitted last night's 5-0 defeat of SV Ried in the Europa League may have been his PSV swansong.

The 23-year-old told the Algemeen Dagblad newspaper: "If a club from the Premier League says they want you, and that is the case, then you know the financial means they have.

"Whether I play for PSV at Excelsior on Sunday or am already at Newcastle I do not know.

"I have not seen much of Newcastle myself but my friend (and fellow Dutchman) Tim Krul keeps me informed."

Pieters joined PSV from FC Utrecht in 2008 and has made 78 league appearances for the Philips Stadion club.

Pieters' arrival would be welcomed by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, who has submitted a wish list of names for the club's board to consider.

With five days to go before the transfer window ends the former West Ham boss revealed last night he was still hopeful of securing those players.

"I'm hoping so, but the finance side of it is out of my hands," he said.

"I've highlighted the players I want and I'm hoping that the board will get them over the line as quick as they can."

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