The Journal is reporting they think Newcastle could get the Swedish International striker, Ola Toivonen, for around £5M, even though he is said to have a release clause of £8M in his contract.
Ola Toivonen – cheaper option than de Jong by about half
It seems that Newcastle’s number one choice at striker – FC Twente’s Luuk de Jong – is just too expensive, and Newcastle have turned to a cheaper option
If a bid like £5M is accepted, it would be half of the fee that Newcastle have already bid for de Jong, and it was rejected by FC Twente.
And we don’t think Ola is as good as Luuk, and he’s 25 years old, and would join three strikers who are older than him on Tyneside, in Papiss Cisse (26), Demba Ba (27) and Shola Ameobi (30).
And Luuk de Jong is a better age than Toivonen at just 21, and certainly seems to have the greater potential and time, to become a top striker.
The news yesterday was that Toivonen had a release clause of £8M in his contract, but Newcastle may be able to prise him away from PSV for less than that amount, but the very maximum they would have to pay is £8M, if the news on the release clause is true.
Other big clubs are also interested in Toivonen, so it will not exactly be a piece of cake to get him on Tyneside, but probably the bad news for Newcastle fans is that the club have decided that Luuk de Jong is not good value at more than £10M.
FC Twente are said to be asking between £12.5M and £15M in different reports, and as they’ve done in the past, if it’s not good value Newcastle will walk away from the deal.
Toivonen turns 26 next Tuesday and still has two years to run on his contract, but seems willing to leave PSV Eindhoven this summer:
“If PSV want to earn some money by selling me, then now is the time to sell me. If I am not sold, then the chances are that I will not be leaving for the next two years.”
“If something interesting comes along, I will look into it. There are rumours, but I have learned to live with them. I don’t know which clubs are really interested.”
Toivenon is not as good as de Jong, and we’d be much happier with the Dutch striker coming in over the summer.
But we haven’t seen Ola play too many times either, and again it seems Newcastle are after good value for money, and with PSV in poor financial health, Newcastle probably think they can make a good deal for the Swedish International.
Ola was part of Sweden’s squad of 23 at the Euro 2012 tournament, and he started the games against Ukraine and France, before being substituted in the second half in both those games, but he did not participate in their second game – the 3-2 loss to England.
What do you think about Newcastle possibly signing Ola Toivonen?