De Jong deal dead in the water?

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No hope for de Jong deal?
Well it looks as though any deal for FC Twente striker is dead in the water, for now anyway.

Apparently a delegation was sent over to the Netherlands last weekend with the hope of tying up a deal although now it would appear that Steve McClaren has his wish and, as things stand, de Jong remains one of his charges.

Progress has been slow moving throughout and to be fair to McClaren and Twente they have maintained that it would take “silly money” to prize away one of their hottest prospects, because at just 21-years-old de Jong should still be classed as a prospect more than anything else, according to McClaren anyway, who feels his star striker should have one more season at FC Twente before moving on.

Rumour has it that Newcastle have submitted a £10m “take it or leave it” offer for the Netherlands international, but at this present time it would appear that FC Twente have decide to leave it there.

“We do not have to sell and, football being football, everybody has his price,” McClaren told Sky Sports News.

“For Luuk de Jong to leave this club then it will have to be a very good offer, one that we cannot refuse, and at the moment no-one has given us that yet. There are more than just rumours. There is obvious interest as everyone knows.”

“Of course we want to keep Luke de Jong and we want to keep our squad of players as it is. We want to build and not to take players away. We have already sold Ola John and I have told the club I do not want to sell any more.”

“I would advise Luke to spend another year establishing himself in Holland doing it again, getting 25 or 30 goals and being a top striker, another year more mature, another year closer to the national team as he is in the squad now.”

Part of the problem is that FC Twente know they have a player who is in high demand and will, rather sensibly and rather like Newcastle United would do, try and extract the most money they can for any deal involving de Jong. You can’t really fault them for that.

However it’s not something that Newcastle United tend to get involved in on the buying front. We offer what we think a player is worth and if that isn’t good enough then we move on for the time being, although as we’ve seen with Papiss Cisse, we may return if the price becomes right in the future.

Any hope of a move now hinges on the desire of Luuk de Jong. If he wants a move away it would appear that he will have to force the issue himself. Presumably the player wants away which is why his agent has urged FC Twente to demand only a “fair market value” for his client.

“We’ve made it clear to Twente that De Jong is ready for his next step,” Louis Laros told Voetbal International.

“The important thing considered by him will be how serious the sporting project is. We are not overly concerned about the money, what matters more to De Jong is the club’s plans and how they plan to use him.”

He added: “I hope that Twente do not lose sight of reality though, and demand only a fair market price.”

Personally I think it’s dad in the water. It just seems to me that this whole affair doesn’t match up with the way that Newcastle have gone about things in the last few years. From the publicity to the quotes to everything else involved, it just doesn’t appear to be as cloak and dagger as the club like it to be.

Will or won’t it happen?

60 thoughts on “De Jong deal dead in the water?

  1. Dad in the water is never a good thing – especially when he’s 18 stone, insists on wearing Speedo’s and has more body hair than a Rwandan Mountain Gorilla.


  2. we would be better off offering Ba a better deal and removing the buy -out clause trigger that he has in it currently and forgetting about buying another top draw established front man. Instead get a top RB and CH. everywhere else looks ok i think. We can then bring on some of our own. Vukic has to first team by now i would have thought and one or two others.
    I think Twente have been fair all along and have always said they were not going to sell as they didnt need to. I think the Douglas deal looks dead and buried now also, what with the big spending russians coming in for him.


  3. Well we don’t have anymore strikers who are ready for first team coming through the ranks.

    Going into next season with only Ba, Cisse and Shola will be a disaster.

    Twente do have to sell as he is in his final year and has told them he wants to leave.

    If he doesn’t leave during the window then I see us coming in again in January and offering half the money.


  4. We could get away with not bringing in another striker….if we got ourselves another winger. Still, the Acon with just Bambi would be very dangerous, and seeing as we basically have to play Ba/Cisse to keep them happy/keep winning, we can’t rotate at all like the rest of the top 6.

    Just hope Ashely doesn’t make that gamble…


  5. I’ve been following the de jong saga closely.

    I have not seen anywhere that we had our last offer of 11 million accepted/rejected.
    Yes there were reports that the delegation returned empty handed, but no official statements from either club. I think we left with the offer on the table, with twente waiting to see if they get a higher bid.
    I could be wrong though 🙂


  6. Toon set to play Europa Lge qualifier on August 23 then Chelsea (a) on August 25. Asked to move Chelsea match to Sun but Met police said no


  7. …“I would advise Luke to spend another year establishing himself in Holland doing it again, getting 25 or 30 goals and being a top striker, another year more mature…”

    yeah right, and potentially another £10m added to his value for Twente to spend. He’ll be worth double then what he is now if he has another good season. That’s the only reason they want him there for another year. Just sell him now for what he’s worth McClaren you twat. £11m is a fucking gift, and a big gamble in my eyes.


  8. Richard ‏@Richard_agent82

    Understand #nufc have submitted an offer of 7.5m euros for PSG centre back Sakho.

    🙄 😆


  9. Guessing the dutch don’t have that young player compensation thing do they? If they don’t they’d be absolute fools to attempt to keep de jong now…he’s already talking about moving out of Holland, and I seriously doubt twente have the dollar to buy him out of moving.

    They’re just trying to play hardball, which is hardly surprising. There’s still plenty of time left in this window…


  10. …the extra 200k on the fee is for the post-medical champagne and caviar buffet party, all season ticket holders have invites in the post 😉


  11. sick of all this dejong nonsense….. wouldn’t be surprised if we haven’t even put a bid on the fecker… there has been small quotes in the press but none that actually confirm any bids 😕


  12. Seems to me that Twente are trying to start a bidding war. If Borrusia Munchengladbach (or however you spell it!) don’t take the bait, then I think we could still get him. Hopefully we are looking at other options as well though. Still plenty of time, no need to panic 😉


  13. Apparently Pardew’s said he wants two in, Kim. We’ve let Guthrie, Lovenkrands and Best go. I suppose with Amalfitano that would make it 3 out, 3 in. My guess is that’s all that’ll happen, with maybe a few young cheapies/freebies. A striker and a CB/FB. I’d also guess we’ve got a max of 15m to spend on two (3 if we blag it) quality players. Unless Twente budge I can’t see De Jong happening.


  14. Rod ,nor me ,tbh I wouldn’t want to see us pay more than we are supposed to of bid for De Jong as he’s still unproven in PL and I know he’s good but it’s still a gamble all the same.

    I do feel we will get Debuchy ,mainly cause of his desire to come to us. Not sure on douglas ,think we may drop that if we don’t get De Jong.


  15. Rodz, you make no sense this time of the day…. your midnight ramblings are much more coherent :mrgreen:


  16. I see Ray Parlour is saying Arsenal should go in for Cisse to replace RVP 🙄 👿 Bloody ex players , that’s right ,just come and help yourself to our top striker we don’t mind .


  17. Aye he said it on talkshite probably contracted to whip up some people to get some calls, Rays oblivious to the fact that Wenger had already prepared for van persies exit by signing Podolski and Giroud a couple of weeks back… 🙄


  18. Well, with Foster and Best gone, that has brought in 5mil so far.

    And we are saving wages on Smith, Best, Foster, Guthrie and Lovenkrans which must be at least around 100k per week. We got Amilfitano free.

    We should be primed for an incoming signing… and if it were somebody like Debuchy, we’d still really have spent a net sum of nothing. Which is more or less how Ashley works.

    I wouldn’t be surprised then if we brough in one youngster (Good) and then made no more signings unless someone was sold (eg: Ba) in which case we’d get a replacement.

    Debuchy for Simpson
    Amalfintano for Guthrie
    Good for Kadar

    Gosling would take Smiths place
    Vuckic/ Ranger would come in for Best

    If that were to happen, I’d say we havn’t really strengthened. We’d need to spend around 15mil on a defender and striker, so will this be the first transfer window in a long time where Ashley will spend without selling first.


  19. Kimtoon

    Arsenal have Giroud, Podolski and Gervinho there already. They knew van Persie was leaving… They already got his replacements. No need to worry about that.


  20. Giroud,Podolski as replacement for van persie?? 😆 😆

    I reckon Arsenal might have problems in top 4 in the foreseeable future. 😆

    Podolski is not really a club player,he is more national striker instead.

    Giroud might just end up like what chamakh is. 😉


  21. JJ, Not worried just pissed off with ex players and lazy journos causing mischief all the time. 👿 Why it always seems to be our players and noone elses just shows how good we are imo. That and the fact london press and top clubs can’t stand the fact we have done so well 😉


  22. Angel@34 ,I’d be happy on his money 😉 .Seriously though we should make him play in January if we ain’t got noone in ,let him earn his dosh instead of loaning him out to a warm cosy club.


  23. I see Guthrie is inviting Reading to go for Danny Simpson on Twitter…

    Is be delighted if he left now. Seems a bit big headed.


  24. Kim, that Parlour bollocks pissed me off too. Just plain stupid to even suggest it. Cisse would likely cost them close to what they get for RVP anyway. The last two links I remember seeing on Newssnoo were Arsenal should buy Cisse and Man U should buy Cabaye and Ba.

    JJ@31 I’ll be happy if we sell nobody else and bring in a decent CF and CB. Even though that would mean we’ve strengthened in stature and not in depth. I think with the sales/wage saves we’ve made so far we’ve got 15m to spend, with a little help from Chubby. I might be wrong but I’m optimistic. I think we were 3 players short before we let anyone go.

    Oswald@27, I’ve told you before, late license Rodzilla isn’t me 😉


  25. Anyone thinks we should actually invest some money in finding a playmaker?? 😕

    Same like how we didnt know that we actually need a good DM till tiote arrives.


  26. Doesn’t really bother me AoD, although it’d be nice, I’m more concerned with attack and defence. I think Marveuax will have a good season, and when we’re shored up defensively Cabaye will be able to attack/distribute more and concentrate less on defending.

    reet, I’m off to do a bit, as Big Dave would say…….


  27. Rodz…aye, especially one that says “Geordies all over Europe” when we may only play 1 game overseas……..unless it means me, Munich Mag, Axel, DanishT etc :mrgreen:


  28. Richie @40 ,Yeh does seem a bit previous like. 😉 kiss of death there.

    Angel @41 I tend to agree with Rod ,as our priority has to be defence then a forward ,but yeh a playmaker would be nice .Who have you got in mind?.


  29. Peter Holdsworth ‏@InsiderNufc
    I broke this new 3 weeks ago – Time scale was off due to the club prioritization other deals. Great buy #nufc
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    5m Peter Holdsworth ‏@InsiderNufc
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  30. Rich – I never even knew about it until half hour ago as I was in Paris at the time and couldn’t get internet until I got to the hotel in Belgium.

    Nowt was found though. It’ll be some chav from Preston having a crafty fag, putting the tab end in the bottle and pouring pop on it to put it out 😉


  31. 3 hours ,yeh he’s a defensive midfielder ,we was linked with him a while back so it might be true, he’s very young though and I wouldn’t think first team material .


  32. James Tavernier ‏@James_Tavernier
    1st day back training and I’ve just signed my new contract with Newcastle #GreatDay


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