St James’ Park side ready to spend big in the Eredivisie.
Newcastle Close To Agreeing Fee For Luuk de Jong?
FC Twente Steve McClaren has made some statements about Newcastle’s quest for the 21 year-old striker Luuk de Jong, and the former England manager says if it were up to him he would keep him at the club, and only sell him for stupid money.
So it’s a good job that Steve doesn’t make those decisions, because FC Twente will not get stupid money for de Jong, at least not form Newcastle, although it seems that Newcastle are willing to cough up £10M for the outstanding youngster.
Newcastle’s Managing Director Derek Llambias and Club Secretary Lee Charnley are in Enschede in Holland at the moment, discussing de Jong with FC Twente officials.
They will be hoping to tie up a couple of Twente’s players before pre-season training starts at Benton next Thursday, and we know Luuk de Jong is one target.
And maybe they could also be after 24 year-old Douglas, the 6’4? center-back, and maybe even FC Twente’s right back Roberto Rosales, who Newcastle have been interested in this summer.
SOURCE: NUFC Blog
Alan Pardew worked wonders in the transfer market last summer and will look to do likewise this time around. However the Magpies boss is learning that a team that experiences a good season will often find themselves having to pay that little bit more to secure the signing of long term targets.
Luuk De Jong is a player with a great deal of potential and clearly a player who has been on the St James’ Park radar for some time. Now FC Twente appear ready to do business but only at a price they deem fair and in today’s transfer market £10m seems a fair price for a player who netted 32 goals in all competitions last term and was subsequently named in Holland’s Euro 2012 squad.
Newcastle United fans will hope that his arrival doesn’t lead to the sale of either Papiss Cisse or Demba Ba but there is a good chance that might be the case.
Of the two other named FC Twente targets a move for Douglas to offer more strength in depth at the centre of the club’s defence is a wise one. Interest in Roberto Rosales would only be relevant if Pardew failed to land another of his long term targets, namely French international Mathieu Debuchy.