Both the Sun and Daily Mail are reporting that Newcastle may be interested in Luc Castaignos.
Luc Castaignos – Inter-Milan 19 year-old striker
The Dutch U19 International, who is only 19 and joined Inter-Milan last year for €3M from Dutch club Feyenoord, has seen limited first team football in Italy last season.
The young striker stands 6’2″ tall and could be a decent long term buy for Newcastle, for around €3M, which is about £2.4M.
However, the fee quoted is between £4.5M and £6M, depending on which report you believe, and that makes him a little bit more of a risk, and we suppose it depends on what the Newcastle’s Brains Trust thinks about this lad, and we assume Graham Carr will have watched him play in Italy.
That’s always assuming of course that this report is true.
Liverpool (of course), Tottenham, Everton and West Ham United are also mentioned in passing, as clubs who may also be interested in the young striker, so the report seems to have all the bases covered, so to speak.
Newcastle are on the look-out for a good young striker, but we thought that was going to be 21 year-old Dutch International Luuk de Jong, but we suppose Luc could be a target if Luuk turns out to be too expensive.
Newcastle of course have done some good business before with Inter-Milan, when we brought Davide Santon to Tyneside for £5M last summer, so maybe a deal can be done with the Italian giants.
Luc started his career at Dutch club Feyenoord, and over two seasons he scored 15 goals in 41 appearances for the Dutch side, before moving to Italy.
Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Inter-Milan and Bayern Munich were interested in the youngster, before he eventually signed on at Inter-Milan, and the deal was announced in March of last year.
Luc scored 22 goals in 31 appearances for the Dutch U17 and U19 sides, so he looks to be a good player in the making, who knows where the goal is.
Castaignos made just eight appearances last season for Inter-Milan, scoring one goal, and he is said to be keen to move away from Italy, to get more first team football.
The Daily Mail report suggests that if there are no takers at £6M, Inter would want a loan fee of about £1.6M for their young player next season, but they would prefer he stayed in Serie A for his loan spell.
Newcastle would hardly be interested in a loan move with a fee that high, and we’d be surprised if Newcastle are willing to pay £4.5M for this player, or even £6M, as quoted in the Mail report, but we’ve been wrong before. 😀
What do you think?