Derek LLambias and Lee Charnley returned from Enschede in Holland earlier in the week, after failing to tie up deals for Luuk de Jong and Douglas.
Luuk de Jong – Newcastle will not play FC Twente’s game
Signing Douglas is still on the cards, but it seems that Newcastle have given up on Luuk de Jong and will turn to other striker targets.
And we keep hearing Steve McClaren say that only silly money will persuade FC Twente to sell their top 21 year-old striker this summer, and they will not get that from Newcastle.
The Tyneside club are willing to accept silly money for their players, like the £35M we received from Liverpool for Andy Carroll 18 months ago, but gone are the days when Newcastle will pay out daft fees for players, and then pay them ridiculously high wages, before they have even kicked a ball for the club.
It is thought that Newcastle have pulled out of the race for de Jong, not only because they will go no higher than the £10M or £11M they have already bid, but because it seems the lad is more keen on joining German club Borussia Mönchengladbach, who will be playing in the Champions League next season.
It remains to be seen whether the Bundesliga club, who were 3rd bottom two seasons ago and then 4th top last season, will bid any higher than Newcastle for the striker.
But don’t forget this is all a game being played by FC Twente, and the end goal is to get as much money for the player as possible – this summer – and of course Luuk’s contract runs out next summer, so he will become a free agent at that time.
That doesn’t mean he will be a free transfer then, because a compensation fee will have to be paid to his club, since he’s under 24, but it will be hard to justify £11M for the player, who has played just 7 times for Holland.
That’s why FC Twente will sell their player this summer, at some point, but Newcastle have made it clear they are not willing to play this game, and of course a huge advantage Newcastle always have on other clubs, is they pay their transfer fees up front in total, and in cool cash.
That’s unheard of with other top clubs, most of whom are going into extra debt to fund their transfer fees for top players.
But reading all the news on the subject, and there’s a lot of it, it seems Newcastle have given up the chase for Luuk, which is a pity, because he could have been a great signing for Newcastle.
You win some – and you lose some.