It seems that Newcastle have made their last offer for Luuk de Jong and one of the things Newcastle didn’t know about the Dutch striker is if he really wants to come to Newcastle, but ii doesn’t look like it, with rumors circulating that he may want to stay on the continent.
Douglas – now terms may be the issue
But Newcastle will not be drawn into an auction for the player, which seems what FC Twente are hoping for, with Borussia Mönchengladbach still interested, and Tottenham likely to enter the fray this week, with new manager Andre Villas-Boas wanting some new players, and if you believe the news – getting £50M to spend this summer.
If that happens we can probably kiss goodbye to getting the Dutch International on Tyneside.
Newcastle should have better luck with Douglas, but because he wants to qualify to play for the Dutch national team he will not be able leave Holland until the end of August so he has lived five years in the country, and that meets FIFA’s regulations, with Douglas already a Dutch citizen.
It seems that even this deal has been left in cold storage by Derek LLambias and Lee Charnley, although there seems no reason Newcastle cannot tie the deal up, and then wait for Douglas to arrive in late August?
The fee of £5M has been agreed but it seems that his terms are proving to be a stumbling block with the big Brazilian, and there are still a number of people who are claiming to represent him, and we suspect they want a cut, and that’s what’s really causing the problems.
Newcastle may have better luck with one of their other targets Mathieu Debuchy, who is expected to tell his French club Lille this week, that he wants to join a really excellent club, Newcastle United, and we have to hope that helps us getting this lad to Tyneside.
We need some good news in the transfer market.