With the news coming out late last night on Sky Sports, that Newcastle United had lodged an £8M bid for FC Twente striker Luuk de Jong, it looks like Newcastle have started their drive into the transfer market.
Luuk de Jong – Newcastle put in an initial £8M bid
Over the next two weeks or so, we will probably see more bids put in for players, as the Euro 2012 Championships wind down, and the pre-season training approaches, and most of the Newcastle staff prepare and plan for the first training sessions.
Newcastle’s training starts two weeks on Thursday, and in the best possible worlds it would be good if Newcastle have at least some of their transfer targets on board by then.
With the news yesterday that Graham Carr will be dispatched to the Euro 2012 Championships to watch Mathiue Debuchy, and Newcastle having already put in a bid of £5M for the player last Friday, it’s plainly obvious that Mathieu is a top target for Newcastle.
That Debuchy bid was rejected of course by his club Lille, and we now know that at least two big clubs, Chelsea and Inter-Milan are interested in also signing the French International right-back.
And once pre-season training begins on July 5th, the strange case of Danny Simpson will need to be resolved, with Danny either signing a new contract at Newcastle and staying, or more likely being placed on the transfer list, and offers invited for him.
At the moment it seems that Luuk de Jong and Debuchy are the top two transfer targets, but we also think Newcastle may surprise us all, by some of the players they go after.
We’ll have to wait and see, but it seems the drive has now started to get new good players into the club.