There were reports in Holland yesterday that Newcastle were leading the race to sign 21 year-old Dutch striker Luuk de Jong.
Luuk de Jong – £10M Newcastle target?
Newcastle were reported to be interested in this player almost a couple of weeks ago in the local Sunday Sun, with both Liverpool and Arsenal also reported to be interested in signing the youngster.
According to reports in Holland yesterday, it seems as though it is Newcastle who are now leading the race, and the story is that they are preparing a £10M bid for the 3 times capped Dutch International in January.
Newcastle scouts have reportedly been watching the youngster in recent weeks, with Chief Scout Graham Carr monitoring the FC Twente striker.
The news yesterday was that Newcastle have been so impressed with the youngster that they will move in January to try to sign the former De Graafschap player on Tyneside, who has already been capped 3 times by Holland.
Of course we have to balance this report with the news that Newcastle will bring Sochaux striker Modibo Maiga to Newcastle very early in January, because Newcastle will not be bringing in two strikers.
De Jong, 21 is in the final year of his three year contract at FC Twente, so it could be a good time for Newcastle to move in for the former Dutch U21 striker (2 games – 3 goals).
Now it couldn’t be true that Newcastle will go after two strikers in January surely?
We’re fairly sure that will not happen, and we probably only need one top class striker to round out the striker options at the club, and this lad can score goals with 9 goals in 15 appearances for FC Twente this season so far.
We’d also like to see another full-back come in, plus a center-half, and the Newcastle squad will then be ready to push for a top eight finish this season, and maybe even top six, at a stretch.