According to the Chronicle, Newcastle may be after 23 year-old Dutch striker Luc Castaignos, who Newcastle have been linked with since the summer of 2012, when he was just 19 years old and at Inter-Milan; it was just before his move to FC Twente.
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is looking to bring in a striker before the end of the month who can get some goals for us, since we seem to be short on goalscorers once again.
It’s much like the situation was last year at this time, when Luc’s name was in the headlines as somebody Newcastle were after.
23 year-old Dutch striker Luc Castaignos
Luc stayed at FC Twente from 2012 for three years and he scored 42 goals and 11 assists in 114 games for the Dutch side, before he moved last summer to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga.
The 23 year-old 6ft 2ins striker who turns 24 next month was linked with Swansea last summer, but he didn’t make the move to the Premier League and he is again open for a move from Germany.
He didn’t have a particularly good season last term and in 21 games for Eintracht Frankfurt he scored 5 goals and had 3 assists.
Luc has played 15 times with 6 goals for the Dutch U-21 side and he made a total of 50 appearances for Dutch youth sides with 27 goals, which is a decent record.
He started his career at Feyenoord at the age of 14 when he joined the Feyenoord Youth Academy in the summer of 2007.
Four years later at age 18 he was transferred to Inter Milan where he stayed for one year before coming back to Holland four years ago and signing for FC Twente.
He moved to Germany last summer.
Luc is the all-time top scorer of the Holland U-17 national team with 13 goals in 17 appearances, and in the 2009 UEFA European U-17 Football Championship he was the top scorer in that tournament.
When he was younger, Luc’s style of play drew comparisons with the great French striker Thierry Henry, but over the last few years he doesn’t seem to have grown into the top striker that many expected him to become and he has still not been capped by the full Dutch side.
It’s not too surprising that his name is in the news again, but we wonder if he would be a good buy for Newcastle and certainly he would seem to be a risky signing for the Magpies this summer.
What do you think?