St James’ Park boss keeping tabs on youngsters.
Newcastle United are keeping tabs on midfielder Siem de Jong and strikers Luuk de Jong and Ricky van Wolfswinkel, according to the players’ agent.
Twente forward Luuk de Jong has recently been linked with a move to Liverpool while Sporting CP’s Van Wolfswinkel has also been reported to be a long-term Manchester United target.
Siem de Jong, brother of Luuk, currently plies his trade at Ajax after coming through the club’s famed youth academy.
The man who represents all three players, Louis Laros, says the trio are the subject of interest from the Tyneside club.
“There has been no contact in the last weeks,” he told Record.
“I spoke with Newcastle about Luuk de Jong, his brother Siem and about Wolfswinkel, but all I know is that they have been checking on them.
“It is still soon to talk about a potential transfer.”
Given the lack of real goal-scoring support for Senegal international Demba Ba, and indeed the lack of alternative options with an eye for goal now that the former West Ham man is on his way to the African Nations Cup, a move for a new striking addition would make a great deal of sense.
FC Twente target man Luuk De Jong is said to be on Liverpool’s radar as well and the 21 year old is in fine form this term, knocking in 10 goals in 12 Eredivisie matches this term.
Ricky Van Wolfswinkel only moved from Utrecht to Sporting Lisbon in the summer and is therefore unlikely to be thinking about another move, not least because he has netted an impressive 14 goals in all competitions already this term and has helped his side to keep in touch with leading pair FC Porto and Benfica.
Siem De Jong is a goal-scoring attacking midfielder and one wonders just where the Ajax man would fit into Alan Pardew’s first team plans as he has a fair few impressive players in his Mapgies midfield, be it battlers like Chieck Tiote, box to box providers like Yohan Cabaye or wide options such as Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa and consistent Argentine Jonas Gutierrez.
Pardew will be looking to owner Mike Ashley to fund a move or two this month so as to keep the St James’ Park side in the running for a European qualification spot.