Newcastle Linked With Dutch International Midfielder


News today in the press that Newcastle could be after FC Twente central midfielder Leroy Fer, who wants to play in England to further his career.

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Leroy Fer – FC Twente midfielder

The 23 year-old started his career at Feyenoord back in 1999, when he was nine years old and then moved in the summer of 2011 to FC Twente.

And Leroy was closely linked with Everton last January and the deal was expected to go through.

But then  Everton announced on the last day of the transfer window that due to “extensive discussions with both the club and the player in the past 24 hours it became apparent that the transfer would not be going ahead”, and they didn’t sign him.

But there was news last week that Fer was at Everton discussing a move with their new manager Roberto Martinez, so it’s hard to know if Newcastle’s interest is real.

The news is in the Dutch daily TC Tubantia, and they are reporting Fer is now back from his vacation and talking to English clubs – so Newcastle could be one of them.

The 6’2″ Fer has played for all the Dutch Youth sides and 31 times for the U21 team, and he has two full caps.

He played 126 times for Feyenoord with 16 goals, and for FC Twente he has played 77 times with 21 goals, so he certainly score goals from central midfield.

And he should be very well known by Chief Scout Graham Carr, who scouted Luuk de Jong last season at FC Twente, and will have seen Fer play a lot.

It could be that Fer is being looked at by Newcastle in case Yohan Cabaye leaves this club this summer, with Cabaye recently being announced as PSG’s number one target by new manager Laurent Blanc – and Monaco have also expressed an interest in the 22 times capped French International..

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70 comments so far

  • Spoof

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #1

    from previous thread

    Apparently the split between the two players is supposed to be £13.7m for PEA and £11.3m for Zouma, I would be surprised if we spend over £13m on one player, and if we sign an 18 year old centre half for £11.3m then I will apologise profusely to JFK and then go to Rome, have a word with the Pope and get JFK to be Saint JFK, because if he can persuade Mike Ashley to spend money like that then we would have to say that JFK has performed a bloody miracle ?

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  • jeff

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #2

    if marveaux leaves it will be one of the biggest cases of what if

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #3

    So. No actuall link to is at all then??

    NEXT!

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    *us

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  • Spoof

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #5

    Marveaux is injury prone and very inconsistent

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #6

    Sage,
    Agreed, Marveaux got 6 assists last season, and made 46 appearances in league, cups and Europe. Plus only 1 goal. Not to mention 6 assists is the most he has ever managed in a season. A 20 minute player off the bench, and if someone wants to part with north of £5million then I would be fine for the club to sell him.

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  • jeff

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #7

    scott sinclair is of the same ilk of danny simpson.

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  • JDdubai

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #8

    There’s probaby not even been a bid yet for PEA and Zouma, let alone anyone knowing how it would be split surely..

    And Fer is just paper talk no doubt to scare Everton into completing the deal they backed out on in January.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #9

    Markaccus
    PEA himself has said that the Premier league would be his preferred destination and Newcastle are a good club with great fans.

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  • jeff

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #10

    zouma is an absolute wiz in fifa.. i have no doubt he is just as good in real life. also look at this http://i.imgur.com/Ent8miA.jpg

    all of you slagging me off and look how high he gets. imagine if we had someone this good in the midfield.spearing we could get for one million and would be a great buy. zouma spearing bent and bony please!

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  • croftus5678

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #11

    our cm and both wingers should be touching 10 goals a season imo !

    and we had arfa who didnt score many at all and guti who scored 1 i think ! even cabaye did not score much as far as i know.

    cabaye/sissoko cm’s next year with proper wingers either side of them would be awsome imo as both can do everything and anita/bigi to back them up and cover.

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  • Tommyy

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #12

    How angry and upset are people going to be after this news, and then two singinga unveiled are Tomkins and Bent?

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  • Spoof

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #13

    JD,
    that’s why it is only “supposed” I hope I am wrong but I find this rumour to be very fanciful.

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  • martoon

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #14

    Morning racist, sorry I mean markaccus. I really cannot believe we have a 29m euro bid for PEA & Zouma although I’d be more than happy to be proved wrong. I think it’s a smoke screen to hide our real targets of Bent & Tomkins.

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #15

    Spoof

    Yeah i know about Pea

    I was refering to the Fer story when i said no link to us. Not sure we need a player in his position anyway tbh.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Hope we get PEA. Exactly what type of player is needed, even though the potential around him could be dramatically improved through better passing, overlapping and thoughtful movement.

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  • martoon

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #17

    Tommyy – great minds ……………………………

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #18

    lilongwe

    We have too many players like marv in my opinion…players who are capable of magic but rarely do it.

    I’d rather a solid 70% performer over 90 mins than a guy who can be 100% for 5/10 mins a game then 20% for the other 80/85mins.

    Even ben arfa for all his talent doesnt get a good enough goal/assist return, and he never has done even in france.

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #19

    Morning martoon.

    Hows life?

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  • JackButler

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #20

    Imagine that a midfielder that chip’s in with a few goals?

    Next they’ll be reporting that we are after wingers that can actually beat a man AND cross the ball 😉

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #21

    i’m not saying there is no place ofr these players

    but they cant make up the majority of your starting 11 or else you will win some games 5-0 and lose other 5-0…..you need consistent performers in the side as well.

    It’s all about balance

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  • Markaccus

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #22

    Martoon and tommyy

    Great minds think alike, but also fools seldom differ 😀

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #23

    Crotus,
    Yeah,at least one midfielder needs to be hitting double figures. With 2 more getting close. Plus defenders should be chipping in more as well.

    HBA, Marveaux, Cabaye, Sissoko all have the talent to do it, but Cabaye has only done it once in his career, and Marveaux has only done it once.(double figures) Sissoko and HBA have managed 8 goals once in a season. Other than those odd seasons there is nothing impressive in their scoring records.

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  • Laurent Robert 32

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #24

    These high figures being banded about, I’m not getting my hopes up until they’re in our famous shirt.

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  • lesh

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #25

    Jeff

    Scott Sinclair is of the same ilk as danny simpson?

    What, he’s knockin about with a Z list wannabe as well?

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  • Average_Contents

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #26

    we are going to all sit down and I’ll ask Alan what do you think we need, what do you want? You have been here two weeks joke and you haven’t done this already! or could this quote be from last week maybe? I really hope so because if they have not sat down yet to discuss transfers what chance have we got, it also makes the pea and zouma story non existent! blah blah we got plenty of time to sign players, not really guys when other clubs are signing our supposed targets up and we get found wanting! pissing in the wind springs to mind…..AGAIN!

    @ expat magpie

    That must of hurt mate! but as stated in the thread where we had our little get together I had already mentioned the deal was far from done ( which was not said by me but by his club Vitesse on their website) so how was your last post for my benefit mate?

    I had already told you or whoever was reading the post ( probably no one) this information ( not mine) (or my opinion) (posh paper who would of thought such a thing was possible) Good morning by the way! Geez ed your fast this morning mate 🙂

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  • JackButler

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #27

    Sinclair would be a brilliant addition to our squad. Great pace, the ability to beat a man, the ability to cross the ball and he score’s

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  • naptoon

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #28

    talk of goal scoring midfielders … we got inman imo we need to give him some sort of chance this year … in the cups or get him loaned to championship club to see if he can do it at a higher level.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #29

    jack

    he’d do a good job…wont set the league on fire but a good enough performer and will chip in with much needed goals.

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  • Tommyy

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #30

    Markaccus – I’d say the naivety in which people are lapping up this news would suggest the former is right about us! Not that I’d love to be proven wrong of course haha. I’d love to be a fool supporting a great team rather than wise supporting a constantly underperforming one.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #31

    Sage,
    I agree, HBA doesn’t do enough with the talent he has, and Marv’s career record is just as bad. 22 goals and 26 assists in 164 appearances. They both have talent, but the time for potential has run out, they aren’t kids, they are 26/27 so it is time to step up and produce consistently.

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  • Tommyy

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #32

    Not that I wouldn’t*

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  • JackButler

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #33

    Sage

    Exactly mate, compared to the wingers we currently have he’d be a very welcomed addition

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #34

    Naptoon,
    I agree, I’d happily let Marveaux go, and give Inman that chance to show what he can do in CAM position. He still hasn’t signed a new contract though, so might not even be at the club.

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  • naptoon

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #35

    lilo
    i dont think those stats you ve just put out are that bad for any midfielder … a goal or assist 1 in every 3. im sure bennys ratio is about the same.

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  • Tommyy

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #36

    If we got rid of Obertan for around 2 mill and replaced him with Sinclair for about 6 mill, That would be excellent and cost effective business.

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #37

    Sage,
    Time and a place – you can afford a luxury player as long as you know they will perform on a regular basis and you have players to give that extra when they are absent during periods of the game. We don’t have that at the moment.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #39

    Carr identified Fer 3 years ago for 4M and Wanyama for 900k. We didn’t take his advice and god knows what they’d cost now.

    Maybe JFK will over-ride Pardew’s lame choices and go with Carr. If so, happy days.

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  • naptoon

    Jun 28, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #40

    lilo
    on inman i reckon youre right sure he would of had a contract offer from some decent lower league teams.

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