Newcastle confirmed today they had reached an agreement with Dutch giants Ajax for the sale of Spanish striker Albert Luque. Financial terms of the transfer were not disclosed.
Luque joined Newcastle from Deportivo La Coruna for Â£9.5M in 2005, and it has hardly been a happy time for the Spanish forward who never had an extended run in the first team.
The 29-year-old is expected to sign a three-year contract with the Dutch club.
Albert Luque – nightmare at Newcastle finally over
A number of teams came in last week for Luque, including PSV Eindhoven, Feyenoord, Bordeaux and Barcelona. He had expressed an interest in joining Real Betis but the Spanish club were unable to meet his personal demands.
Luque’s move will free up wages at Newcastle as the Spaniard was said to be on around â‚¤60K/week and we wouldn’t be surprised if Big Sam gets the go-ahead now to bring in two players before the transfer windows slams shut on Friday.
This was a good deal for both Newcastle and Luque himself, as it became clear he would never get many games in the first team this season. It’s ironic that he showed some good form in the pre-season friendly games and his confidence seemed to return. Luque had a terrible season under Glen Roeder last year when he rarely even appeared on the subs bench.
We still think Luque is a good player but he will hardly look back on his two years on Tyne-side with satisfaction although he continued to work hard under difficult circumstances. This is an excellent transaction for Newcastle and we think that may allow Big Sam to bring an extra player into his squad. We still think Abdoulaye Faye will be coming in from Bolton, and now maybe a right back can still be drafted in. Either Glen Johnson or Lassana Diarra friom Chelsea would be good, now that the London club have brought in Juliano Belletti from Barcelona.
We think Albert will do well in the Dutch league and wish him all the very best in his new endeavor.