With only four teams left in Euro 2012 and pre-season starting in 10 days time we expect Newcastle to ratchet up their transfer negotiations this week, and maybe have a couple of news players at the club by July 5th.
Luuk de Jong – will Newcastle increase their £10M bid?
As far as we know Newcastle have bid so far for three players.
They put in a €5M (£4M) bid for Vurnon Anita of Ajax, and they then put in a €5M bid for French international right-back Mathieu Debuchy from Lille, and they have had bids of £8M and £10M turned down by FC Twente, for 21 year-old Luuk de Jong.
I had lunch with my son Neil yesterday before the England game, and we were kind of hoping it didn’t go to penalties.
Although Neil was born in Bethesda, Maryland, he is both a Newcastle and England supporter, and always has some good ideas and insights on Newcastle in the transfer market, so it’s good to get his views.
If Newcastle can sign those three players, it would be a terrific start for Newcastle, and then we’d probably only need a center-back, and maybe an attacking midfielder before September rolls around.
And that would be another great summer for the Magpies, if we can keep hold of our other top players.
But all the four offers Newcastle have so far made for those three players, have been turned down by their clubs.
And it seems they may be getting wise to Newcastle, and want more money, both because Newcastle have done well in the transfer market over the last two years, and also that the Magpies are now a richer club than they were a short a year ago, and are also in the Europa League next season.
Maybe Newcastle’s first move is to go back with an improved offer for Debuchy, and maybe something like £5.5M could do the deal, and with Anita it seems that Ajax are very anxious for Newcastle to back, so maybe a £5M bid would be next on the agenda?
As far as Luuk de Jong goes, £10M is already a big fee for him, and we’re not sure Newcastle will go back with much more.
And maybe if they cannot get Luuk to Newcastle they could could go after 19 year-old Dutch striker Luc Castaignos from Inter-Milan, who seems a younger version of Luuk de Jong, and would be cheaper and maybe he’d be worth £12M in two years time.
And if we still have Demba Ba at the club, the 19 year-old would be given time to adjust to English football, and be introduced into the first team via some substitute appearances.
As far as center-back goes, we know of Newcastle’s interest in 23 year-old Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, the Montpellier captain, but Newcastle could surprise us with who they bring in at center-back this summer.
The club have already withdrawn from the race to sign both Jan Vertonghen of Ajax, and Douglas of FC terneu.
That’s some of our thoughts – what do you think?