We reported this story last Thursday, thanks to information from one of our readers, Alan Devon, but now Sky Sports is reporting our interest in FC Twente 6â€²6â€³ midfielder Orlando Engelaar.
Orlando Engelaar – FC Schalke close to a deal?
The update seems to be that German side, FC Schalke, are now close to completing a deal with the midfielder, and if Premier League clubs, including Newcastle United, are really interested in the player, they will need to move fast.
Speaking exclusively to Skysports, Engelaar’s agent, Eduard Burleson, admitted talks with Schalke are already fairly advanced:
“We have spoken with Schalke and terms have been agreed,”
“But the two clubs have not agreed yet, and so that is where we stand on that.”
But Burleson said that interest from a number of Premier clubs was also increasing, with Everton and Newcastle said to be the main two English clubs involved.
“I know Everton are interested and that Newcastle could soon make a move,”
“He chose to speak to Schalke, firstly because there was not any interest from England at the time.”
“And also because of the coach Fred Rutten, the former Twener coach now at Schalke, who was so good for him at Twente.”
“But if it does not work, it is now clear could be English options.”
Engelaar has so far played every game for Holland in the Euro 2008 tournament, which is turning into a classic.
He is expected to start again tonight against Russia, in the quarter-finals, so Newcastle fans will get another chance to check him out.
This game promises to be another great game, given the way Russia took Sweden apart earlier this week.
“Orlando has taken his form from Twente straight into the national side and continued at the same level,”
“I think for this reason a number of clubs have suddenly realized what many of us already knew, that he is a very good player.”
The 28 year old has played for Holland 8 times, since making his debut last year, and has played for FC Twente 56 times since 2006, with 8 goals.