News this morning that German club Borussia Monchengladbach have been alerted to the availability of FC Twente striker Luuk de Jong, and the top German club have officially expressed a strong interest in the player.
Luuk de Jong in action against England earlier this year
So Newcastle are facing competition for one of their top striker targets of the last year, and it also seems to be the same case with their right-back target Mathie Debuchy, with other top clubs also interested in the French International.
Sources at FC Twente have told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle that Newcastle will have to bid higher than the £8M they have lodged as their initial bid for the 21 year-old striker, who has 7 caps so far for Holland.
The German powerhouse, located in the North Rhine-Westphalia area of Germany, had expressed an interest earlier this year to FC Twente for de Jong, and they were alerted of Newcastle’s bid a day or so ago.
Monchengladbach can offer De Jong European Champions League football next season, since they finished 4th top of the Bundesliga with 60 points from their 34 games, and were a full 6 points above 5th placed Bayer Leverkusen.
Borussia Monchengladbach’s Assistant manager, Youri Mulder, had this to say about the situation:
“I know that we have a very strong interest in Luuk.”
De Jong scored 32 goals in 50 total appearances for FC Twente last term, and he looks a natural successor and long term replacement for Robin van Persie and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, in the Dutch attack.
Huntelaar joined Schalke 04 two years ago and currently plays in Germany, and he hit an astonishing 48 goals in 47 total appearances for Schalke last season.
With Newcastle’s renewed emergence as a top club in England, it seems to be becoming more difficult for Newcastle to get good deals in the transfer market.
But there again, if de Jong becomes too expensive, we’re sure that Chief Scout Graham Carr and the Newcastle hierarchy have other good striker targets lined up.
We hope they have other striker targets lined up!