It’s Official – FC Twente Want Silly Money For De Jong – £16M

ESPN is reporting today that FC Twente have told Newcastle United they will need to pay £16M for their 21 year-old striker Luuk de Jong.

Luuk de Jong – will cost £15M

Newcastle had lodged a bid, thought to be £11M earlier this week, but it may have even been £12M, and the club had not not heard back from Twente, but if this is their response to that bid, then they can forget about it.

And the news yesterday was that Newcastle had already turned to other striker targets,  with Manchester City’s John Guidetti, probably the next Magpies’ target.

If Newcastle can get the 20 year-old Swede Guidetti to the club, it would take away the disappointment of not being able to get de Jong, who is a very good player.

FC Twente do not want to let their top young player go, and the only thing we can think of, if this news is true, is Newcastle maybe could add some performance payments to the £11M – such as how many times the lad plays for the Newcastle first team, and how many caps he gets for the Dutch first team, over the length of his contract.

Twente manager Steve McClaren even thinks another full year in the Eredivisie would benefit the player, but his agent Louis Laros hardly agrees with that, since Luuk scored 25 goals in his 32 league appearances last season, and 32 goals in his 50 total appearances during the season.

Louis Laros quipped this, when responding to Steve’s request that he should stay another season at the FC Twente club:

“Luuk scored 25 goals in the Dutch league last season, how many more does he need to score? 35?”

That’s a decent point made by his agent, but of course Louis wants him to get a new deal somewhere – so he gets his money.

The Dutch Chairman Joop Munsterman has told both Newcastle, and their rivals for Luuks’ signature – Borussia Monchengladbach – what exactly it will take to get the 21 year-old to leave Twente:

“For £12m, De Jong will not leave.”  “But £16m would be an incredible amount.”

Maybe that £12M is what Newcastle have actually bid, and that’s the highest fee Mike Ashley has ever allowed in his five years at Newcastle, and the very fact that the Magpies are willing to go that high for a 21 year-old saus they rate the youngster highly.

And when you consider that Newcastle will pay that up front in cash – that’s a very good offer Newcastle have made.

We’ll have to wait and see if Borussia Monchengladbach are silly enough to bid £15M for him, but we don’t think Newcastle will do much more on the Luuk de Jong deal.

What do you think?

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41 comments so far

  • jbkeel9

    Jul 7, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Not worth it move on, end of

  • Toon_boy89

    Jul 7, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #2

    Is he really worth 6 million more than cisse? Doubt it sod him …next

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Jul 7, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Comment #3

    Fair enough though, if we sold one of our best players (Ba’s release clause notwithstanding) for less than 16mil it would be considered bad business.

  • ady

    Jul 7, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #4

    i personally think he does worth that much reason for that is look he is only 21 years old and he will be top striker one of the best in 2 years so then he will worth like 35m to 40m 😛 so i would buy him but ill tell fc we will give 12m cash and 4m more only if he score over 20 goals next season and if he dosent then we wont give another 4m 😛

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 7, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #5

    I thought that was official weeks ago!

    Anyway, the way I see it Twente will keep de Jong this season and next summer he will only have 12 month left of his contract and they will be forced to sell and they won’t receive silly money.

    Douglas will stay as well cause no other club rates a 24 year old that has 12 month left of his current contract at £ 5 mil.

    He’ll leave next summer for free.

    Good riddance to Twente 🙂

  • ~Perchinho the Pheonix~

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #6

    We could bring in both Gudietti and Toivonen/Costaignos for that 16mill and still have cash left over .

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #7

    …and I highly doubt we have bid £ 12 mil for him or anything close to that.

    But guess we’ll never know!

  • spitfire_

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #8

    If this Joop guy really thinks that De Jong worth 16 mill… he is just insane… and ffs he try to blackmail Ashey. Obviously some one is bitter for losing of Tiote for 3.5 mill.

    Silly money wanted by a silly guy… what a harmony.

  • siqkicks

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #9

    The way i see it, twente is holding up just like how we held on to Carroll, one very good season and his value sky rockets. Very good business strategy by both clubs imo. Good to know that MA is not afraid to spend big money for a highly rated potential good investment and also this sort of proves his trust for the scouting team and his support for the management. However we will not break the bank and disrupt our transfer policy. Don’t get me wrong I really want LDJ at SJP but if we do not want to be in liverpool’s position at the end of the season. Rumor is that twente has not accepted nor rejected the bid , my guess is that they are holding up for a better offer from gladbach or other clubs and Newcastle has done well to immediately shown that we will move on and have gone on to guidetti. Would be another good buy as well if we manage to get guidetti. Now get debuch over. HWTL

  • ginkoh

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #10

    As they said only stupid will pay this price.

  • geordie157

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #11

    Time to move on, Guidetti and Castaignos will do nicely. Gameiro back up option as he’s snubbed us once before.

    And offer Hoillet 40k a week, take it or leave it.

  • GFH

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #12

    I trust we will play the same game when clubs come in for our star players! If Tiote is to leave then it could only be for enough money to let us buy Anita , Sakho , Cissokho etc and still have change. I don’t think the fee of £20M which is “quoted”for Tiote is anywhere near enough.
    The big difference here is that Tiote has years left on his contract whereas LDJ has one year and had already told his club he is ready to move .I think there will be sale and we may not be out of it yet.

  • Indian Magpie

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #13

    Toon Boy 89 @ 2,

    You cannot compare like this, you may then say is he 19 million less than Andy carroll

  • OoAhDembaBa

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #14

    Gameiros coming

  • saxonfenken

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #15

    Move on.

    With Senegal and Ivory Coast being paired, with only one going to Acon, the chances are we will not be losing the Demba’s to it. and only lose Tiote for the duration

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #16


    de Jong’s contract runs out in 2014, that is why they are holding back; but it will come back to bid them in their ass, ’cause no one will meet their asking prize and de Jong won’t sign an extension.

    Their hands are tight and they will have to sell next summer.

  • ashwin say's

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #17


  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #18

    Guidetti = £ 6 mil. tops.
    Castaignos = £ 4 mil. tops.

    Gameiro might just be just as expensive unless PSG wants to cut their loss. Highly doubt that.

  • alip123

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #19

    I think the fact it is public means he won’t sign now. And when I say public I mean it has been scrutinised just like Gameiro and Gervinho last season, the Bigirimana deal wasn’t under the same level. For that reason I think we have a different player lined up to Debuchy. Just a hunch

  • geordie157

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #20

    Fryers has agreed terms with Spurs.

  • Premiership Manager

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #21

    De Jong is unproven in the PL and is not worth the risk of a £10M + fee.

    If we do lose Ba and I think this could be a distinct possibility, we will need another proven forward and for me John Guidetti and Sturridge would be my first choices.

    In the background we still have strolla who stepped his game up last year , Sammi Amoebi and Nile Ranger who hopefully will have been inspired by the arrival of Ba and Cisse and may realise what future he could have with the correct attitude and application. There is no doubt he has bags of tallent and all he needs is a few goals and a change in attitude. The other consideration up front is HBA’s role and Amalfitano who may have been bought as a midfielder but has often played up front. he could be the surprise of the season if he gets a run in the team.

    In midfield we are very strong, too many people forget that when we signed Dan Gosling and Guthrie they were rated as two of the best prospects in the PL. gosling hasn’t been given the opportunity yet and I was quite sad to see Guthrie go as the stats had himelevel with Cabaye on all aspects with cabaye edging it on goals however he did play considerably more games.

    At the back we are still too weak for my liking. Debauchy would be worth the extra investment and for me Douglas is a must. It Steven Taylor can stay fit and we do make a fewmore signings we could be in for a very good season

  • Belly

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #22

    Fc Twente are a bunch of rapscallions!
    You’ve got to admire our tranfer policy, at times it’s a bit frustrating bit the club is in safe hands and I trust the board, manager and scouts.
    I’m more excited about the prospect of John Guidetti than De Jong to be honest. I hope the roumers are true and that we are in for him. Surely we must be looking into bringing two strikers instead of one after selling Best and releasing Loverman. Any thoughts?

  • Belly

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #23

    @ Premiership…
    I like Sturrige, at times he can be greedy but he’s an exciting player. I can’t see us going for him though, he’ll cost stupid money like £20 mil +

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #24


    I think we will go for a wide man that can play upfront and maybe a young forward.

    it looks like it all depends on the deal NUFC can make.

  • geordie157

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #25

    I’m prediciting Clyne to sign next week

  • hdavid23

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #26

    lets hope we can pull the same move with de Jong as we did with Cisse, his club wanted 15 mill first, then sold him for 9

  • RonVanDam

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #27

    I agree with #4. De Jong will be worth 3 times his buying price in 4 years. If he wasn’t that good, DL wouldn’t have gone to Holland and offered 12m.

    Also FC Twente are waiting for a offer to come through before the transfer window closes that’s why they didn’t play Douglas and De Jong in their Europa qualifying match against UE Santa Coloma coz once they’ve played them,they cannot play for any other team in Europa and CL until knock-out stages as long as FC Twente doesn’t make it and ma put potential buyers off

  • Belly

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #28

    John Guidetti would be perfect on the left of a front 3 including Cissé and Ben Arfa.
    I think we should chase Ranger he’s not good enough and he’s got a terrible attitude, I can’t see him ever making it in the prem, leage 1 is his level.

  • geordie157

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #29

    Who needs De Jong when we’ve got Xisco (joke)

  • jesperfuglsang

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #30


    That rule doesn’t apply in the qualifying stages mate and if you think de Jong will be worth £ 35 in four years in hope you are suggesting he’ll we playing regular for someone like Barcelona or that caliber otherwise I highly doubt it mate.

    It will even make him the most expensive Dutch player ever. Not gonna happen mate.

    Look at the impact he has made to the Dutch National team so far; RVP wen’t for less than £ 3 mil when he was de Jong’s age and he was in might book a better player and still is.

    He has even archived more and the same age. I think some of you are putting him up on a pedestal.

  • toonincheek

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #31

    “chase” Ranger? What, out of the club?

  • Batfastard

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #32

    Tell em to f off 16m he he is not worth 10m

  • Belly

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #33

    Yeah, wash our hands of him.

  • geordie157

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #34

    The problem is even if we could offload him, we can’t until 1 or 2 strikers are brought in. Imagine Jan with no Ba and Cisse, Shola would do a job, but we’d had to rely on Ranger and Xisco as back up. Although if he continues to impress Campbell could make the 1st team before the seasons over.

  • geordie157

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #35

    Park Ji-Sung to QPR is a bit of a shock. Utd must be about to bring in Moutinho or someone

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #36

    Twente are entitled to ask whatever price they want.

    We want good prices for any players that other clubs come in for.

    Perhaps he’s worth 16M? – He has amazing potential.

  • Belly

    Jul 7, 2012 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #37

    Senegal look like they might struggle to qualify for the ACON. they’ve potentially got a hard group. :):)

  • nufc 11

    Jul 7, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #38

    We need to back out the numbers are crazy Holliet on free is better value even on 50k if the club can sit down with the lad and work out an incentive based contract with the promise for Holliet to earn the 50k if he preforms well then I am sure all parties would be happy, we did do the same with Tiote brought him bk at the end of 10/11 season and gave him a better contract why cant we do this with Holliet he is a proven EPL player something De jong is not.

  • Lee Dodd

    Jul 7, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #39

    At £16 Million he has to Score More Than Cisse and Ba Together so I am Afraid Its Adiose Old Son !!!!! Next !!!!

  • HullMag6

    Jul 7, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #40

    Get guidetti, toivanen and maybe look at larsson from the unwashed. in a midfield 3 with tiote and cabaye, he could chip on with a goal or 3. Worth a thought.


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