News in the Sunday Mirror today that FC Twente have told Newcastle to cough up £16M for their 21 year-old top striker Luuk de Jong, and their 24 year-old Brazilian center-back Douglas.
And we don’t know how much truth there is in this news, since £12M has been quoted as FC Twente’s price on de Jong for a couple of weeks now, and £4M for Douglas has also been doing the rounds, even though Douglas is in the last year of his contract, which runs out next summer at this time.
Douglas failed to report for training at Twente last week and has been fined for that tardiness, and he definitely wants to move to the Premier League, and the 6’4″ defender can now also play for Holland, since he’s recently received his Dutch citizenship.
And given the disasters of the Dutch squad in Euro 2012, when they lost all three of their group games, and manager Bert van Marwijk resigned last week, he may even be part of the next Dutch squad, to play in World Cup qualifiers later this summer.
Newcastle’s top goalkeeper Tim Krul could also get a start in those games, and there’s a possibility that three Newcastle players – Krul, de Jong and Douglas could be called up for the qualifiers – we wish!
The news in the Sunday Mirror is that the player thought he was moving to Villa Park, but the sacking of Alex McLeish put an end to that, and we’re not sure if new manager Paul Lambert rates the Brazilian.
The Newcastle officials Derek Llambias and Lee Charnley are still in Enschede, Holland trying to do the deal for the Dutch duo with FC Twente officials.
We hope they are successful.
Note – after this article was released there is breaking news that Newcastle have agreed a £5M fee for Douglas - and is being reported by the Daily Express.