The Evening Chronicle is reporting today that Luuk de Jong took some visits to the football clubs who were interested in him last summer, just to get his own personal feeling for those clubs and the cities.
Luuk de Jong – St. James’ Park took his breath away
And the good news, maybe it’s even great news for Newcastle fans, is that he was mightily impressed with Newcastle upon Tyne and St. James’ Park.
And sources close to the 21 year-old striker, have told the Chronicle that his visit to St James’ for a Premier League game last season, took his breath away.
And he took some time out to go into the City Center, and sources said he was equally impressed with what Luuk described to them as an “exciting and interesting” city.
Luuk has already said he would be interested in coming to Tyneside, and this has to give fans some hope – that Derek LLambias and Lee Charnley can indeed get a deal struck for this exciting young player, in the next couple of days.
Newcastle have already had a bid of £8M turned down by FC Twente, and we’re hoping that a bid of around £10M will be enough to get the deal signed, sealed and delivered.
We know German club Borussia Monchengladbach, who finished 4th top of the Bundesliga last season and will be in the Champions league next season, have put in a bid of around £8.5M for the striker, which is slightly higher than the Magpies’ bid.
But Newcastle pay their transfer fees up front in cool cash, and that has to be a huge advantage to the selling clubs, when Newcastle do business with them.
We don’t know how close Newcastle are to getting this lad, but it would be a real coup for the club, if they can get this lad to Tyneside.