We’ve been waiting to see what the latest news is in the saga to get Luuk de Jong to Newcastle, and it seems that Newcastle have made their final bid for the 21 year-old Dutchman.
Luuk de Jong – Newcastle will not match £15M asking price
The Northern Echo is reporting today that Derek LLambias has told the FC Twente officials, that Newcastle are unwilling to pay the £15M asking price for Dutch striker Luuk de Jong.
It seems that Newcastle’s last bid they made yesterday was somewhere in the region of £10M, and they will not go higher than that, and quite honestly, it’s getting time to fish or cut bait.
When Derek LLambias and Lee Charnley returned to Newcastle last night, they had not had an answer from FC Twente, either accepting or rejecting the bid, according to the Newcastle Journal report today.
Newcastle will will be getting £5M from the sales of Fraser Forster to Celtic and Leon Best to Blackburn, but that will not help because Newcastle want good deals which are independent of the money they have to spend.
So reports which suggest Newcastle could or will go higher, because they have more money coming in from outgoing transfers, are likely to be inaccurate – that’s our opinion.
Newcastle have confirmed the departure of Leon Best to Blackburn Rovers for an initial fee of £3M, and that fee will rise if Blackburn get promotion next May, and goalkeeper Fraser Forster is tying up the loose ends before he pens a £2M deal with Glasgow Celtic.
The news is that there were indeed further talks with FC Twente officials yesterday on de Jong, and LLambias has now returned to England, but it seems FC Twente are holding out for £15M for their young striker, and if that’s the case Newcastle will in all likelihood move for other targets.
And to further dampen Newcastle’s chances, it is being reported the striker may want to remain on the continent, so that Borussia Monchendgladbach could now be in the driver’s seat, and can also offer him Champions League football next season.
If these reports are true as to what happened yesterday, we cannot say we are too confident that Newcastle can now get de Jong, but it will be interesting to see if Borussia Monchendgladbach will match FC Twente’s high asking price.
And the other additional news is that Tottenham may lodge a bid for the 21 year-old, with former Chelsea and Porto boss Andre Villas-Boas about to be appointed any day now, as the new Tottenham manager replacing Harry Redknapp.
As we said earlier, it’s time to fish or cut bait, and Newcastle may decide on the latter, as far as Luuk de Jong is concerned.
It’s not what we were hoping for.