Sky Sports is reporting that Newcastle United have bid £8M for FC Twente striker Luuk de Jong. Newcastle have been linked with the Dutch International for over a year now, and since Holland have been eliminated from the Euro 2012 Championships, Newcastle have gone in with their initial bid, which is €10M.
Luuk de Jong – Newcastle bid £8M
That’s a very decent initial offer for the 21 year-old, and Newcastle seem to be very serious, and de Jong will be brought in whether or not Demba Ba leaves Newcastle this summer.
The Dutch club are now reviewing their options, and it will probably please their English manager Steve McClaren, who had hoped Newcastle would bid early for any FC Twente players they were interested in.
Twente will want to get as much as they can for their 21 year-old star, and reports have pegged his value as high as £12.5M, and while Newcastle could increase their initial bid, they will not increase it by much.
Luuk de Jong would be a terrific signing for Newcastle, and at 21, he would be given time to get used to the English game, and challenge for a place up front with Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba and Shola Ameobi.
The youngster has one year left on his contract at FC Twente, whom he joined from De Graafschap in the summer of 2009, and initially signed a three year deal with a one year option, which was taken up by the Dutch club.
The 6’2″ striker has scored 59 goals in 119 appearances for FC Twente, and has 9 caps for Holland with one goal.
We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed, but this is a very good move by Newcastle.
Here’s some video of the young striker – the next Robin van Persie?