News today that Luuk de Jong of FC Twente is being linked with a move to Newcastle.
Luuk De Jong – Newcastle still interested
Newcastle have been watching Steve McClaren’s side quite a number of times this season, and two players are thought to have impressed the Newcatsle scouts are Luuk and their big Brazilian center-back Douglas.
The 21 year-old Swiss-born striker has had a phenomenal season in the Eredivisie , and has scored 32 goals in 50 total games for his club.
Luuk still has a deal that runs for another two years in Holland, but he is also keen to move to a bigger club:
“I feel ready to take the next step in my career, to do well when the opportunity arises, because I have developed well at Twente. Some opportunities should be grabbed when they come.”
Other top clubs interested in this lad are said to include Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton and Roma, so it will not be easy to bring him to Tyneside, if Newcastle are indeed wanting to do that.
His price tag seems to have risen to around £10M, and we don’t know whether he will brought in only if Demba Ba decides to move on.
the alternative to that is to bring him in as the 4th striker to replace Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best – who are both expected to leave Newcastle this summer.
It’s an open question as to whether Demba Ba will move on, but he has already been linked with Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool.
Alan Pardew said earlier this week that Newcastle will try to sign him to a new contract, but with that release clause in his contract, Newcastle could lose him in the summer for peanuts.
The 26-year-old scored 16 goals in the Premier League, but then went off the boil when he Senegal compatriot Papiss Cisse joined in January, and Papiss scored 13 goals for Newcastle in 14 appearances.
And Paris St Germain, his home town club and now very rich with Qatari owners, have also been linked with Demba Ba this year.
Ba signed a three year deal when he joined as a free agent last summer from West Ham, and we’d like to see him sign a new deal to stay on Tyneside, but at the same time we’d also like to see Newcastle bring in Luuk de Jong, as the young striker who can come through at Newcastle.
Luuk joined FC Twente in 2009 from De Graafschap, and the 6’2″ striker has scored 59 goals in 1119 appearances for Twente – so far.
Newcastle have been linked with this player for about nine months now.
What do you think?