News today that Norwich have signed Holland international Leroy Fer from FC Twente for around £4M, on a four year deal, and that’s another good player the East Anglia club have signed, who was a potential Newcastle target.
Leroy Fer – signs for Norwich on four year deal
Chris Hughton snapped up Ricky van Wolfswinkel in April, and the Dutch striker had been on Newcastle’s radar screen for a number of years.
And in retrospect Ricky would have been a decent signing at £8.5M from Sporting Lisbon, given that Newcastle have missed out on both Pierre-Emerick Aubamayeng, who decided to join Borussia Dortmund, and Wilfried Bony who went to Swansea for £12M.
Fer is only 23, and was very close to signing for Everton in the January transfer window, but that move collapsed when Everton were not willing to pay the fee demanded by FC Twente.
But Norwich are building up their squad nicely, and have now brought in six players this summer – Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Javier Garrido, Nathan Redmond, Martin Olsson and Carlo Nash also joining this window in addition to Fer.
We had hoped Newcastle may have been interested in Redmond, the 19 year-old England U21 winger who played for Birmingham, since he seems to be a good player already.
Leroy Fer stands 6’2″ tall and is a central midfielder who has played for all the Dutch Youth sides, and twice at the senior level for his country, and we;ve been linked with him for a year, with Graham Carr said to be watching him in Holland.
It’s fair to say that Newcastle have not been over aggressive in our pursuit of our transfer targets this summer, although we did sign five good Frenchmen in January.
We have certainly not been as aggressive as some of the other clubs in the Premier League – like Norwich City, West Ham, Swansea and Sunderland – who have signed seven players so far this summer.
Hopefully Joe Kinnear will break his duck this week, and he returns from holiday to Newcastle tomorrow.
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