Newcastle desperately need reinforcements, with one of their problematic positions being left-back, and Stoke’s Erik Pieters could be a value for money option to bring in.

News emerged from Sky Sports that Stoke City have left eight players out of the pre-season squad, effectively letting them know they will be allowed to leave the club this summer.

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Pieters is one of those players, and is a full-back that is still of Premier League quality, and would possibly available for a knock-down price, with the Potters wanting to move their high earners off their wage bill.

Pieters made 18 appearances for Holland between 2010 and 2015, and at only 30-years-old could still have a good two or three seasons ahead of him.

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He is outside the preferred parameters of a Mike Ashley signing, but as has happened before, if the right player at a reasonable price becomes available, they could still be signed.

Newcastle have been linked with Erik Pieters before

Pieters has been linked with a move to Newcastle before, and the Stoke Sentinel reported a £2 million bid from the Magpies was turned down as recently as last summer.

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With 169 Premier League appearances to his name, the player could provide much needed competition to Paul Dummett, who is the only senior left-back at the club.

We think a bid for the former Dutch international would be a logical move and could provide the depth we need, at a price that will not have much of an effect on the available budget for the new manager when he is appointed.

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