I’ve not penned an article for what seems like an age now, I’ve been busy with exams and I’ve been working hard to try and get into Newcastle University. I’ve ordered my season ticket already so I’m extra excited for this upcoming season, but what new faces are we going to see on the pitch?
Our market of choice this season seems to be the Dutch market and we’ve been heavily linked with two players from FC Twente, Luuk De Jong and Douglas. These have stalled in the past few days but I think they may re-ignite as the summer progresses.
Luuk De Jong is a Dutch international centre forward who’s looked tidy for FC Twente in Holland, he’s really started to breakthrough in the last 2 seasons where he’s managed to hit 20 or more goals. Twente seem to be playing hardball regarding the fee, but it’s rumoured he’s interested in the move and has visited St James’ Park, that coupled with the fact that he’s friends with Tim Krul I think that if we can agree a fee with Twente the deal may be done.
Likelihood – 6/10 – FC Twente has reportedly rejected a bid of £11 million from Newcastle and want nearer £15 million for the frontman, it’s now down to whether the Newcastle hierarchy feel that he’s worth that much and whether he’s a sound investment, time will tell.
Douglas is a Brazilian centre back who has been rated as one of the best in the Eredivise, he’s supposedly right up there with a former Newcastle target Ajax’s Jan Vertonghen who Ajax priced out of a move to the club. Douglas is a strong commanding centre back who’s good in the air, something which would complement Fabricio Coloccini. One worry I have surrounding Douglas is his temperament, he was given a 6 match ban by the Dutch FA for pushing the referee and an opposition player after being sent off for an alleged punch (supposedly there was no contact).
Likelihood – 8/10 – There’s been strong reports that we’ve agreed a £5 million pound fee with Twente for the Brazilian defender, but it’s nothing concrete as of yet, I would be surprised not to see him arrive though.
Mathieu Debuchy is a long term target for the club and he currently plays for Yohan Cabaye’s ex club Lille, and another player who the Newcastle hierarchy are keen on pushing a deal through for in the coming weeks. The attacking right back impressed in the Euro’s with France, which may have drove his price up, but virtually every report claims that he’s desperate to sign for Newcastle to re-unite with his best friend Yohan Cabaye. The fee Lille want for Debuchy is rumoured to be £6 million, and we’ve already had a £4 million bid rejected so if we want the player, I’d be surprised if we didn’t match their valuation.
Likelihood – 7/10 – There’s been reported interest from a number of clubs after his strong Euro Championship with France, so there’s a chance he may get his head turned by a bigger club with interest from Inter Milan being reported, but he did seem keen on signing for the club so we’ve just got to hope he hasn’t changed his mind.
Vurnon Anita is another man who Newcastle are supposedly tracking this summer. Ajax flat out rejected our initial bid of £4 million for the versatile midfielder. Anita can play both left back and central midfield and has been touted as the ideal successor to Tiote should he leave the club. At this current time it looks like Tiote will not be moving, but if he does I feel we will definitely move for Anita. Ajax do not seem keen on losing their man and want upwards of £8 million which I feel may put us of, unless Cheik does move on.
Likelihood – 4/10 – I feel that Anita is a bit pricey and may not be real value for money at £8 million pound, he would be a decent replacement for Cheik Tiote but I don’t think he’ll leave the club, which is why I don’t think this one will happen.
They are the 4 main targets which have been reported in the media, but the following players have also been linked to us, but not all are worth talking about; Ola Toivonen, Salomon Kalou, Curtis Good, Junior Hoilett, Kevin Gamiero, Serdar Tasci, John Guidetti, Nathaniel Clyne, Henri Bodimo, Youssouf Mulumbu, Sebastien Boenisch, Roberto Rosales, Ezekiel Fryers, Gael Bigirmana, Mark Davies, Erik Pieters and Raul (yes, I know), it really is the “silly season”.
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