It could be the end of the road for Newcastle with their final bid for Luuk de Jong apparently being €12M, which is around £9.6M, but still short of the €15M or £12M that FC Twente are asking for.
John Guidetti – Manchester City 19 year-old Swedish striker
That’s according to a Sky Sports report this morning, and it could even be accurate, although there’s always inbuilt confusion on the fee, as to whether the prices quoted are in UK pounds or the euro.
And German side Borussia Monchengladbach are still involved, and it will be interesting to see if they put in a higher bid than the one they lodged last Friday, and there was news on Saturday they said it had been accepted by FC Twente, but that seems not to have been the case.
There’s still a chance that Newcastle can get Luuk de Jong to Tyneside, but we’re sure Newcastle wanted to tie up the deal quickly, and now it’s a pubic auction, that’s probably enough to put Newcastle off.
So we wouldn’t be at all surprised if Newcastle start looking at other cheaper options, and there are three players that come to mind.
19 year-old Swedish striker John Guidetti is on Manchester City’s books, and spent last season on loan at Dutch club Feyenoord, where he scored 20 goals and 8 assists in just 23 games – not too bad at all.
The other 19 year-old we are keen on is Dutch youngster Luc Castaignos, who joined Inter-Milan from Feyenoord last summer, but didn’t get much playing time at the Milan giants, and he’s looking for first team football next season.
In the 2010-2011 season, when he was just 18, he scored 15 goals in 37 appearances for Feyenoord.
These two lads look to be excellent prospects, and hopefully they would come cheaper than Luuk de Jong, and while they are a bigger bet than Luuk, they do have huge potential, but they are not the finished item yet, by a long way.
And of course we have been linked with Ola Toivenon of PSV Eindhoven, but he’s 26 years old today, and Ola was part of Sweden’s squad of 23 at the Euro 2012 tournament just finished.
We’re not big fans of this lad, and w’d prefer to see somebody younger brought in this summer.
Those are three other strikers we’ve been linked with, and if we don’t get de Jong to Newcastle, we would tend to go after one of the 19 year-olds, and try hard to keep Demba Ba on Tyneside.
Which are the other striker targets Newcastle should be interested in?