We just hope the Daily Mail is right, when they are reporting today that Newcastle are close to sealing a deal for 21 year-old Dutch International striker Luuk de Jong.
Luuk de Jong – Newcastle said to be close to a deal
That’s the news this morning and Newcastle’s initial bid of £8M for the youngster was rejected by his club FC Twente, but the news this morning is that Newcastle are closing in in on a deal of around £9.5M for the talented 21 year-old player.
Sky Sports had reported yesterday that FC Twente wanted as much as £15M for de Jong, but it seems a decent deal for both parties if an agreement can be reached for just under £10M, and that’s the highest fee paid by Newcastle for a while, if they can do the deal and this news is true.
Newcastle paid out between £8M and £9M for Papiss Cisse in January, and he’s turned out to be a terrific buy for Newcastle, scored 13 great goals for Newcastle in 14 appearances earlier this year, and is worth at least double his transfer fee now.
And news that Graham Carr was at the France vs Sweden game last night, when Ben Arfa started and lasted 59 minutes and Yohan Cabaye was rested, but France were beaten 2-0 and Newcastle target Mathieu Debuchy did not have a good second half.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored the best goal of the tournament so far, early in the second half, when he brilliantly rifled the ball into the net at speed, from a cross from the right – how did he do that?
And Sunderland’s Seb Larsson scored their second in stoppage time, to allow Sweden to put in a great performance for their many fans last night, and give France their first defeat in 23 games, and they now have to meet Spain in the quarter finals.
Christian Wilhelmsson was introduced at half time, and he proved to be the catalyst for Sweden’s attacking ambitions down the left wing, and gave the Newcastle transfer target a bit of a turning over in that second half.
But maybe that’s for the good, and Newcastle no doubt will press on, and try to get Debuchy, as well as Luuk de Jong at Newcastle – just as soon as possible.
Howay The Lads!!