There is news coming in from Holland that Newcastle have increased their bid for 21 year-old striker target Luuk de Jong of FC Twente.
Luuk de Jong – Newcastle have bid €12M for this 21 year-old
Newcastle had bid £8M for the player earlier this week, but that was turned down almost immediately by Twente, and they were supposed to have rated de Jong at £15M.
The Dutch daily AD Sportwereld is reporting today that Newcastle United have increased their offer, for the 7 times capped Dutch International.
It seems that Newcastle have raised their bid to €12M, which is around £10M, and that’s a lot of money for Newcastle, and that is probably their final offer.
The news being reported cites different amounts in the new bid by Newcastle, but this is the amount quoted in the story in AD Sportwereld, as they say Newcastle United’s bid to Luuk de Jong increased from ten to twelve million, so those figures are in euros.
€10M is the £8M initial bid made by Newcastle earlier this week, so Newcastle increased their bid by 25%.
But bidding around £10M by Newcastle shows the club are very keen on this player, and he must be highly rated by the powers that be at Newcastle, such as Graham Carr, the Chief Scout.
De Jong is a prolific goal-scorer and can only get better if he comes to Newcastle, to join what is expected to be Newcastle’s three other strikers come September, Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba and Shola Ameobi.
Last season Luuk played 50 times for FC Twente and scored a good 32 goals, and since moving to Twente from De Graafschap in 2009 he has played 119 times for the Dutch club and scored 59 goals.
But it seems that Twente President Joop Munsterman may want even more for his player, and is said in AD Sportwereld to want €18M (about £14.5M), and is even hoping to entice Portuguese club Benfica into a bidding war for the player, but if that happens then Newcastle will likely look elsewhere.
This is very probably Newcastle’s final bid for the player, and they will not pay out £14.5M, so we have to hope the offer is accepted by his Dutch club, and to us it seems a good offer from Newcastle, for a a very promising young player.
What do you think?