St James’ Park side lodge big money bid.
Newcastle United have lodged a £12m bid for FC Twente striker Luuk de Jong, according to Dutch newspaper AD Sportwereld.
The Magpies were the surprise package in the Premier League last season, finishing in fifth place and scoring an impressive 53 goals along the way.
And Alan Pardew is already looking to build on the achievements of the previous campaign, identifying the FC Twente striker as one of the men to take Newcastle to the next level.
This is an intelligent move to make. Alan Pardew will have scouted the talented young FC Twente man and noted his good form over the past 18 months, form that earned him a spot in Bert van Marwijk’s Dutch national team squad for the Euro 2012 finals.
However Magpies fans may well feel that any bid for the 21 year old may well come at the expense of the sale of either Papiss Cisse or Demba Ba. Maybe such fears are unfounded and perhaps Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is willing to back Pardew in the transfer market as they look to strengthen their side this summer after an excellent campaign last term.
However given that Demba Ba reportedly has a £7m release clause there is perhaps good reason for Newcastle United fans to believe that a move for De Jong is confirmation of the probable departure of the Senegal international, who last term notched up 16 Premier League goals.