There’s just a little bit of confusion surrounding Luuk de Jong today, although the Sunday Sun says that Newcastle are going back in to try to tie up the 21 year-old striker, within the next 24 hours.
Luuk de Jong – coming to Newcastle?
The deal was said to be done by Borussia Monchengladbach last night, at around £9M, which is around €11.2M, with additional payments based on the number of appearances the Dutchman makes for the German club, and he would be signing a four year contract in Germany.
The Daily Mirror followed that up and reported today that the deal had indeed been done and Newcastle, who had been leading the way for the Dutch international, had missed out.
However, de Jong’s agent Louis Laros has told Dutch website TC Tubantia there is no deal yet.
This is what Laros said today:
“Luuk is still a Twente player. If the right club comes along then he will happily make the move.” “The club doesn’t need to be a top club, but a good club in a big league where Luuk can play regularly and develop as a player.”
“I cannot name the clubs individually, but there are more than two clubs seriously interested in Luuk.” “Luuk has taken the decision to move on. He wants to develop as a player in a bigger league.” “The important thing for us is the development of Luuk. “
“Not the money, but the way of playing and the amount of playing time he will get, will be decisive.” “Luuk scored 25 goals in the Dutch league last season, how many more does he need to score? 35?”
We think (we hope) it is significant that the agent mentions that it does not have to be a top club, but the two clubs who are near the finish line in signing this top youngster are Newcastle, who are in the Europa League next season, and Borussia Monchengladbach who are in the Champions League.
The German club were 4th in the Bundesliga and Newcastle were 5th top in the Premier League last season, and it’s interesting he is talking about playing time and how the team plays football as being important factors - Newcastle play a good attacking style of play under Alan Pardew.
So those words could mean he will still sign for Newcastle – we hope those words could mean he will still sign for Newcastle.
It still seems to be touch and go, but surely Derek LLambias can still tie up this deal within the next 24 hours, which is what the Sunday Sun reported this morning he would be trying to do.
We should know very shortly, but it seems to have gone right down to the line – and it would be simply fantastic if Newcastle United win this battle for the top young striker.