News today in the Sunday Sun that Newcastle are interested in 21 year-old FC Twente striker Luuk de Jong.
Luuk de Jong – 21 year-old Dutch International striker
Newcastle seem determined to bring in a top striker in January, to make up for the embarrassment of missing out on a replacement for Andy Carroll in the summer.
The player only turned 21 in August, and has 21 goals in 52 games for FC Twente, and has played at the U19 and U21 level for his country.
Luuk made his debut for Holland in the friendly game against Austria in February this year, when he replaced Dirk Kuyt, and he scored his first goal for his country in September, in the 2-0 win against Finland, during the UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying game.
From what we can tell this lad, who stands 6’2″ tall, is very good young player, but the news is that FC Twente would want a sizable fee for their top youngster, who wears their number 9 shirt.
But he certainly fits the profile of players Newcastle want to bring to the club, and he will know Tim Krul from being in the Dutch Youth squads and in the full squad.
De Jong started his career with amateur club, DZC’68, and he was then recruited in 2008, by De Graafschap, and he joined FC Twente in the summer of 2009, so he was there when Cheick Tiote was still playing for Twente.
Luuk made his debut for De Graafschap in 2008 in the Eredivisie, and he was FC Twente’s top goalscorer last season and also headed the list of assists at the club, so he scores the goals and sets them up too.
He has scored 6 goals so far this season at club level, and FC Twente are nicely placed in 3rd position in the Eredivisie, just 4 points behind leaders AZ.
As reported last week, Newcastle are still interested in FC Sochaux striker Mobido Maiga, but they will be lining up a few additional targets in case things again get bogged down with the Sochaux club, during the negotiations for Maiga.
There again, Luuk de Jong may be a better choice for Newcastle, and Holland have a top side at the moment, so this lad must already be good, and he’s shown he can score those goals too.
What do you think?