There are reports in Holland that both Newcastle and Norwich City are after FC Twente central midfielder Leroy, and it seems his club are ready to let him move on.
Leroy Fer – Newcastle interested?
But the FC Twente Chairman Joop Munsterman wants €10M for his International midfielder, before his club will let him move to his preferred destination – which is England.
Munsterman had this to say in De Telegraaf today:
“Those guys are on the verge of a transfer, so it makes no sense for them to come [to training]. The players want to leave.”
“The club knows where it stands. We have no problem in making the sale, but you never know.” “You have to see what happened with Everton. They were initially going to pay €10M, but eventually lowered it by about €2M.”
€10M is about £8.5M, and that will be a high fee for Newcastle to pay out this summer for a central midfielder, unless Yohan Cabaye leaves the club.
It’s also interesting that Norwich City seem to be interested in a number of Newcastle’s targets this summer, but that’s probably because Chris Hughton had known about the players while he was at Newcastle.
And Fer is not participating in pre-season training, so it seems FC Twente want the deal done.
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 the player was closely linked with Everton last January.
And the deal was expected to go through but it didn’t – and according to the Chairman that was because Everton dropped the price they were willing to pay for the Dutch International.
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 can score goals from central midfield – and that’s something Newcastle could use next season.
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