We reported yesterday that Newcastle were interested in 21 year-old Dutch striker Luuk de Jong, who currently plays for FC Twente.
Luuk de Jong – both Newcastle and Liverpool interested
It would appear that the youngster, who has scored 21 goals in 52 appearances for his club, and was their top scorer last season with 12, is behind Modibo Maiga as a Newcastle target.
It seems the Tyneside club would still like to bring the 24 year-old Sochaux striker to Newcastle, if they can ever get a deal worked out with his club, which is still questionable at the moment.
Maiga would cost around £7M and the price for the Dutch striker is said to be around £10M, so with Mike Ashley being very thrifty at the Newcastle club, if he sees Maiga as good a prospect as de Jong, then he will likely go for the cheaper option, and bring Modibo to the club in January.
But it’s interesting that Liverpool may bring in another striker in January, after they already brought in Andy Carroll and Louis Suarez last January.
The surprise to us is that Andy Carroll hasn’t looked the same player at Liverpool that we had at Newcastle, and he’s already having a hard job making the Liverpool starting eleven.
And Andy wasn’t even on the bench in England’s 2-2 draw at Montenegro last Thursday night, and he seems to have fallen out of favor with Fabio Capello, because of his fitness, or lack thereof.
If Liverpool are indeed interested in Luuk De Jong, and if they get him in January, that will be even more competition for Andy Carroll, but of course that’s the name of the game in football, and Andy would have had to work hard for a starting position at Newcastle too.
It’s very rare that Newcastle players do well at other clubs when they leave Tyneside, but in Andy’s case we thought he would do very well at Anfield, and that’s only one of the reasons we were so upset last January 31st when he left.
We thought he would become England’s talisman, but that hasn’t happened, well not yet anyway.
There’s always time for Andy to come through big time for both England and for Liverpool, and we’ll just have to wait and see if he cam make a success of his Liverpool move.
It also seems that de Jong could be a better buy for Newcastle than Modibo, but again we’ll have to wait and see what Newcastle do, but don’t be surprised if the Magpies bring in a top striker very early in January.